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Fall armyworm (FAW) Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith) has become a major threat to maize production in Africa. In this study, six maize genotypes were assessed for their resistance to FAW under artificial infestation in both laboratory and net house conditions. These included two FAW-tolerant hybrids (CKHFAW180294 and CKH191221), two commercial hybrids (WE2115 and CKH10717), and two …
Post Date: 2022-09-08 15:50:44
Author: Geoffrey Anyanda
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Bt maize is a potentially useful tool for controlling fall armyworm and other lepidopteran pests of maize in Africa. In the Americas, however, fall armyworm rapidly evolved practical resistance to maize producing one Bt toxin (Cry1Ab or Cry1Fa). Bt maize has not been approved for cultivation in Africa, where stakeholders in each nation will make …
Post Date: 2021-09-13 05:56:30
Author: Johnnie Van den Berg
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Post Date: 2021-08-12 05:44:10
Author: Geoffrey Anyanda
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Fall armyworm was first detected for the first time in China in Jan 2019 and has spread across China’s Southern & North-Eastern corn growing region causing losses in tune of 10-15 million tons annually. The country now imports almost 10-15 million tons of maize annually, primarily due to short supply of corn caused by FAW …
Post Date: 2021-04-13 16:58:22
Author: Geoffrey Anyanda
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An Ethiopian, PhD student in Entomology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa focusing on host plant odours and sex pheromone lures responsible for the fall armyworm moth attraction want to apply for a short-term stay research grant to do some of my research activities. The grant called AGNES Intra-Africa Mobility grant, covers travel and …
Post Date: 2021-03-16 16:37:20
Author: Anne Njoroge
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Webinar Series on Fall armyworm IPM: Host Plant Resistance Date: 23rd March 2021 (2pm CET) Deployment of maize varieties with resistance or tolerance against fall armyworm has an enormous potential to help reduce yield loss due to the pest in ways that are environmentally friendly. Both native and transgenic resistance sources are available in maize. …
Post Date: 2021-03-15 11:26:41
Author: Anne Njoroge
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The Green Innovation Centers for the Agriculture and Food Sector Program (GIAE) – Nigeria funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is launching an eighteen (18) months project to boost maize and cassava production and create job opportunities for youth and women in …
Post Date: 2021-03-10 06:11:21
Author: Anne Njoroge
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We evaluated maize landraces and hybrids usually cropped by African farmers for resistance to FAW larvae feeding. We did not find differences regarding leaf damage but some differences in terms of preferences and larval development were recorded. Please read our newly published paper in Plants…and Follow me on Twitter: @Xavier_Suric  
Post Date: 2021-02-22 18:56:14
Author: Xavier Chiriboga
Community Questions
What will it take to change the mindset of regulators / policy makers in African countries to adopt GE technology to manage pests like the #fallarmyworm?
Post Date: 2021-01-20 04:01:03
Author: Anne Njoroge

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