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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
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
Research Notes
Habitat manipulation in the form of cover crops, intercrops, maintaining flower strips in the main field increases the activity and ‘fitness’ of pest natural enemies and thereby minimize pest pressure in agriculture (natural enemies hypothesis). In another side, the probability of finding a host in diversified crops is reduced in the diversified field (resource concentration). …
Post Date: 2020-12-17 22:53:02
Author: Sundar Tiwari
Research Notes
Cultural method of pest control make a less favourable environment to the pest and make a more favourable for their natural enemies. This method is the most widely adopted approaches in integrated pest management. As a part of cultural control, spraying sugar solution (10-20%) increases the population of certain parasitoids such as Campoletis flavicincta (Hymenoptera:Ichneumonidae), …
Post Date: 2020-12-16 15:43:48
Author: Sundar Tiwari
Community Questions
Agroecological approaches support to reduce the #fallarmyworm infestation. Agroecology complements to improve soil health thereby produce a healthy and pest-resistant plant. Second, increasing plant diversity in a field that improves the fitness of biocontrol agents and third, specific agroecological management practices that reduce FAW outbreak and infestation. Lets us discuss here how each of these …
Post Date: 2020-12-15 22:54:02
Author: Sundar Tiwari
Community Questions
Cultural methods are some of the most widely adopted approaches in integrated pest management in general and FAW in a particular. This technique has tremendous potential to keep the pest below the economic damage threshold. Regional cooperation for knowledge-sharing and research collaborations, along with increased research and policy interventions can favour sustainable pest management. Let’s …
Post Date: 2020-12-11 03:14:18
Author: Sundar Tiwari
Research Notes
Push-pull technology is widely adopted technology for the maize stem borer management in Eastern Africa. This can help to manipulate the abundance and distribution of stem borer and their natural enemies by the behaviour-modify stimuli. This technology has recently been adapted for the fall armyworm management in drier areas of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. In …
Post Date: 2020-12-09 00:51:43
Author: Sundar Tiwari
Research Notes
Cultural control, an important strategy of integrated pest management, keep the fall armyworm away from maize fields. Smallholders can’t afford pesticide and have less access to reach pesticides in rural areas. Prevention is better than cure “cultural control” strategies are climate-adapted and easily adaptable by the smallholders. Early planting or growing early maturing varieties can …
Post Date: 2020-12-07 23:38:39
Author: Sundar Tiwari

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