We provide up to date information on both the endemic African armyworm (Spodoptera exempta) and the new invasive Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) – both of which are important pests of staple crops and pasture grasses in sub-Saharan Africa.
Resources available on this website include the latest armyworm forecasts, press reports of armyworm outbreaks, photos, videos, publications, and lots of useful information on the biology, ecology and control of these important African crop pests.
African armyworms play host to a highly specific baculovirus: SpexNPV. The invasive Fall armyworm also hosts a specific baculovirus: SfMNPV.
Ongoing research on the biology, ecology and genetics of SpexNPV is investigating the potential of SpexNPV to be commercialised as a microbial pesticide against African armyworms. In the Americas, SfMNPV is already registered as a biopesticide but it is not yet registered in Africa.
Ken has spent much of the last 20 years working in Africa, studying aspects of insect crop pest control and especially the use of parasites, such as baculoviruses, as biological pest control agents.