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Evaluation of Alternatives to Synthetic Insecticides for the control of the Fall Armyworm, Spodoptera fruigiperda (J.E. Smith) in Ghana


Fall armyworm (FAW) have been a treat to food security in the West African Sub region. Since its invasion into Ghana in 2016,  FAW has caused a lot of damage to maize and cereal crops in Ghana. As at 2016, most FAW control measures were based to a large extent on traditional knowledge and synthetic chemical usage. Most of these chemical are toxic and posses harm and damages to humans and the environment.

In recent times more environmentally friendly alternatives are being looked to control and manage the fall armyworm pest problem below economic injury level.

The “Evaluation of Alternatives to Synthetic Insecticides for the control of the Fall Armyworm” looked at natural aqueous plant products that are effective in managing the fall armyworm problem. The study also looked at the distribution of the Rice and Corn Strain Fall armyworm in Ghana.

Natural Enemies of FAW were collected, identified and studied.

The observation and results were published in a Poster attachment bellow.



As recommended the FAW natural enemy diversity was assessed in 2019 by the CABI action on invasive program Ghana/ IITA Benin. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/338719590_Parasitoid_Complex_of_Fall_Armyworm_Spodoptera_frugiperda_in_Ghana_and_Benin. 

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