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
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.
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.
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.
The latest new and videos on armyweb research
Up-to-date forecasts of armyweb outbreaks in Africa
Armyworm news and research in the press
Selected publications around armyweb research
How to get in touch
Sat 11 March 2017
Fri 03 March 2017
Prof Ken Wilson talks to "Science in Action" presenter Prof Adam Hart about the fall armyworm situation in Africa (starts 14 min 10 sec).
Thu 02 March 2017
Professor Ken Wilson discusses the Fall armyworm crisis in Africa, and why it is such a big deal:
Sun 12 February 2017