Armyworm Network is a free website that provides up to date information on the African armyworm (Spodoptera exempta), an important pest of cereal crops and pasture grasses in sub-Saharan Africa.
Resources available on this website include the latest armyworm forecasts, press reports of armyworm outbreaks, photos, videos, publications, and lots of useful information on the biology, ecology and control of this important African crop pest.
What is the African
armyworm? The African armyworm moth, Spodoptera exempta is one of the most devastating crop pests in eastern Africa. Like the infamous desert locust it is highly migratory and outbreaks are difficult to predict.
- Biological control African armyworms play host to a highly specific baculovirus: SpexNPV. Ongoing research on the biology, ecology and genetics of SpexNPV is investigating its potential as a microbial pesticide.
project The consortial African Armyworm Baculovirus Project has partners in the UK and Tanzania. It investigates the interaction between armyworm and SpexNPV, hoping to develop an Africa-wide strategic control system.
- News The latest new and videos on armyweb research
- Forecasts Up-to-date forecasts of armyweb outbreaks in Africa
- Press reports Armyworm news and research in the press
- Publications Selected publications around armyweb research
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NIGERIA: Makurdi — The Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) has confirmed 100 percent infestation of farms by army worms in the three senatorial districts of Benue State. Daily Trust earlier reported the lamentation of maize farmers in the state over this year's harvest occasioned by leaves eating worms which ravaged their entire farms. Head of the NAQS delegation on investigation to the state, acting director John Ogbaje, while briefing the commissioner for Agriculture, James Anbua, on his team's findings in Makurdi, said that maize farms visited were suspected to have been infested by pests known as army worms
Thu 20 October 2016
Wed 12 October 2016
SYNOPSIS: The 2015-16 African armyworm season in Eastern and Southern Africa has ended. Armyworm outbreaks are likely to resume when the rainy season begins next October/November
Sun 31 July 2016
Mon 06 June 2016