Armyworm News

Radio interview: The fight against Zambia's armyworm outbreaks

Radio interview: The fight against Zambia's armyworm outbreaks

Armyworm expert Professor Ken Wilson talks about the African armyworm situation in Zambia to Radio France Internationale's English broadcasting service:

Fri 30 December 2016

New Open-Access Publication: Trade-offs and mixed infections in an obligate-killing insect pathogen

Journal of Animal Ecology has published a new paper describing "Trade-offs and mixed infections in an obligate-killing insect pathogen", namely the virus of the African armyworm, SpexNPV

Fri 15 July 2016

New Open-Access Publication: a new qPCR method for quantifying viral loads in African armyworms

New Open-Access Publication: a new qPCR method for quantifying viral loads in African armyworms

The journal "Insects" has published online a new paper describing a real-time qPCR method for quantifying covert levels of SpexNPV baculovirus in African armyworms.

Tue 25 August 2015

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