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Phone-based AI can now detect FAW with very high accuracies. We have now run successful trials in Kenya. More trials are underway in UK, Sri Lanka and India. This FREE one-hour zoom session is to train FAW researchers on the basics of AI Detection. It is designed to give you a basic idea of how …
Post Date: 2021-04-02 13:04:02
Author: Sivam Krish
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Trap cropping is a promising, environmentally sound approach to manage pests in agricultural and forest systems through exploiting insect preferences for certain host plants. In a wide range of cropping systems, trap cropping greatly reduces damage, disease and insecticide use on the main crops, and thus increases the yield of the main crop. In a …
Post Date: 2021-02-24 23:40:53
Author: Sundar Tiwari
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The fall armyworm (FAW), Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith), which has recently invaded the African continent, has become a new threat to cereal production. Being an invasive pest with certain competitive advantages, the impact of FAW on other lepidopteran pests is unclear. This study assessed the infestation of FAW and cereal stemborers on maize and sorghum …
Post Date: 2021-02-05 12:45:26
Author: Subramanian Sevgan
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Research says compared with maize monocropping, intercropping with legumes, Phaseolus vulgaris L. var. Roscoco can reduce the larval population by enhancing mortality rate. Underlying mechanisms are antixenosis and antibiosis effects along with trichome-based plant defence mechanisms. In the push-pull system, planting Silverleaf desmodium, Desmodium uncinatum as intercrop “push crop” can repel FAW moth because of …
Post Date: 2021-02-01 02:06:40
Author: Sundar Tiwari
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Two potential cover crops such as cowpea and sunnhemp have the potential to reduce the larval population of #fallarmyworm by lengthening the developmental time and increasing larval mortality. The other cover crops such as either corn or sorghum-sudangrass are two more preferred crops for the fall armyworm. Hence there is a potential to design a …
Post Date: 2021-01-21 15:26:56
Author: Sundar Tiwari
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Gender role in fall armyworm management is very crucial. Research says, male farmers prefer easy and quick management practices while female farmers prefer more environmental-friendly cultural practices. Physical/cultural practices were dominated by hand-picking and crushing egg masses, application of ash, sand or liquid detergent on the larvae, and early planting. More female than male farmers …
Post Date: 2021-01-20 23:11:21
Author: Sundar Tiwari
Community Questions
For the successful #fallarmyworm management in maize crop, various intervention approaches should be adopted in integrated ways. Adopting a single pest management approach may not be able to keep the pest below the economic threshold level. Hence the integration of various approaches at a time or on a regular basis is suggested for the successful …
Post Date: 2021-01-04 22:16:08
Author: Sundar Tiwari
Community Questions
There are certain reasons that farmers are reluctant to adopt cultural and other agro-ecological practices. They are: farmers want to immediate knockdown result, lack of knowledge on the benefit of agroecological pest management approaches, very few cultural practices are in hand, lack of farmers centred research, level of understanding on cultural and agroecological approaches is …
Post Date: 2020-12-31 09:56:16
Author: Sundar Tiwari
Community Questions
Maintaining crop and non-crop diversity from field to landscape-level are more useful for the natural enemies and improve conservation biological control by increasing their fitness. These measures which are popular in our communities are crop rotation, intercropping, mix-cropping, maintaining diverse field margins with many flowering and non-flowering plants, increasing the forest diversity at a landscape …
Post Date: 2020-12-24 02:19:57
Author: Sundar Tiwari
Community Questions
Cultural method of pest management integrates a number of local and agro-ecological practices to reduce the pest populations. Manual destruction of egg masses and larval population, fertilizers and irrigation management to make a healthy plant, field sanitation, use of resistant varieties, adjustment in planting time etc. are some examples of cultural practices. In case of …
Post Date: 2020-12-20 21:49:31
Author: Sundar Tiwari

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