Armyworm News

New Publication: African armyworm change their feeding behaviour in response to infection by SpexNPV baculovirus

New Publication: African armyworm change their feeding behaviour in response to infection by SpexNPV baculovirus

"Journal of Animal Ecology" has published online a new paper that explores the remarkable response of African armyworms to becoming infected with the SpexNPV baculovirus.

Wed 01 January 2014

New Publication: Controlling armyworm and other African crop pests using locally-available natural products

New Publication: Controlling armyworm and other African crop pests using locally-available natural products

The journal "Food Security" has published online an article that discusses the potential for harnessing natural products for the biological control of crop pests including armyworms.

Thu 19 December 2013

Video: Hunting the African armyworm

Video: Hunting the African armyworm

BBSRC media have produced a video diary of armyworm outbreaks in Zambia.

Mon 29 April 2013

War report: fighting armyworms

War report: fighting armyworms

A new video diary, following BBSRC-funded Professor Kenneth Wilson on a reserch trip to Africa, reveals his battle against a country-wide insect plague.

Mon 28 January 2013

BBC News: Zambian Armyworm report

BBC News: Zambian Armyworm report

Watch a video report from BBC Africa's Mutuna Chanda on fears Zambia's maize harvest could be decimated by an invasion of armyworms.

Mon 24 December 2012

Armyworm Summit

Armyworm Summit

December 23rd 2012: A team of experts met at the Zambian Vice-President's residence to discuss the current armyworm crisis in the country.

Sun 23 December 2012

New Publication: Wolbachia bacteria make armyworms more susceptible to SpexNPV baculovirus

New Publication: Wolbachia bacteria make armyworms more susceptible to SpexNPV baculovirus

The journal "Ecology Letters" has published an article reporting the effects of a symbiotic bacterium called Wolbachia on the susceptibility of African armyworms to the SpexNPV baculovirus that is being developed as a biological pesticide in Tanzania.

Tue 26 June 2012

RIP Derek Rose

RIP Derek Rose

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Dr Derek Rose, who led the African armyworm project in Kenya in the 1980s. One of Derek's many legacies is the 'African Armyworm Handbook', which he compiled with Bill Page and Charles Dewhurst. He will be sadly missed by all of his family, friends and ex-colleagues.

Wed 07 September 2011