Cambridge-Africa

Biological control of Fall Army Worm

4 April 2019

An egg parasitoid, Telenomus remus, could fight the devastation caused by Fall Army Worm that is putting the food security of 200 million Africans at risk. Fall Army Worm could cause losses in yields up to 20.6 million tonnes of maize in 12 African countries. The main control method currently used is insecticides which cause environmental damage as well as having economic and health consequences.  Biological control is more environmentally sustainable. The author of the study that examined the parasitoid, Marc Kenis, also notes that the parasitoid is already in Southern, East and West Africa and so can be used as a biological control agent. Read more

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