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Fall Armyworm: Managing a significant threat to global food security

Fall Armyworm. Photo kindly provided by CABI.  © CABIThis thematic series will publish in 
CABI Agriculture and Bioscience.

CABI Agriculture and Bioscience
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Guest Edited by: Jawwad Qureshi1, Fangneng Huang& Roger Day3
1 Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, USA; 2 Louisiana State University AgCenter, USA; 3 CABI, UK

Submission Deadline:  31 December 2022

Aims and Scope: The fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (F.), is native to the Americas and is a principal pest of maize, although has also attacked more than 80 other hosts including rice, cotton, sorghum, wheat and vegetables. This migratory pest has recently invaded and spread across the African continent, established itself in Asia and is now a potential threat for Europe. 

Knowledge of the biology and ecology of the pest contributes significantly to its suppression, using cultural, biological, chemical and genetic approaches. All of these management methods are used across the globe depending upon the size of farming operations and needs of the societies. Populations of this pest species usually increase rapidly, making it difficult to control, especially in new invaded areas. Global management methods have evolved from traditional reliance on biological, cultural, and chemical controls, to the use of transgenic Bt crops. Ultimately, integrated and economically viable pest management approaches against this pest are needed for sustainable crop protection and production.

Manuscripts considered: Experts working on the fall armyworm from different regions of the world are invited to submit to this series to present essential knowledge of the monitoring and management of this pest. 

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Submission Instructions: Prior to submission, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for the journal. To ensure that you submit to the correct article collection, please select 'Fall Armyworm: Managing a significant threat to global food security' in the drop-down menu upon submission; in addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish for your manuscript to be considered within this thematic series. 

All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection. 

Articles published in this collection:

  1. The fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, is a destructive moth pest. It is highly migratory and was first detected in Southeast Asia in 2018, rapidly becoming a major pest of corn production in this region. Moni...

    Authors: Supangkana Thirawut, Woravit Sutjaritthammajariyangkun, Artit Rukkasikorn, Pruetthichat Punyawattoe, Uraporn Noonart and Youichi Kobori
    Citation: CABI Agriculture and Bioscience 2023 4:19
  2. Strides have been made in Bangladesh to promote the utilisation of biological control agents (BCAs), however farmer utilisation remains sub-optimal. The establishment of local BCA production hubs, although tou...

    Authors: Mariam A. T. J. Kadzamira, Malvika Chaudhary, Frances Williams and Nirmal K. Dutta
    Citation: CABI Agriculture and Bioscience 2022 3:48
  3. The fall armyworm Spodoptera frugiperda is one of the major pests in maize crops, causing important production losses. The pest has rapidly spread worldwide, generating an urgent need to develop efficient and sus...

    Authors: Juliana Gómez-Valderrama, Paola Cuartas-Otálora, Carlos Espinel-Correal, Gloria Barrera-Cubillos and Laura Villamizar-Rivero
    Citation: CABI Agriculture and Bioscience 2022 3:24
  4. Spodoptera frugiperda (Smith, 1797) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), also known as fall armyworm (FAW) is a polyphagous pest which can cause significant losses and is considered a global threat to different crops and a ...

    Authors: Yelitza Coromoto Colmenarez, Dirk Babendreier, Francisco Ramón Ferrer Wurst, Carlos Luis Vásquez-Freytez and Adeney de Freitas Bueno
    Citation: CABI Agriculture and Bioscience 2022 3:5
  5. Insecticide use is an important component of integrated pest management strategies developed for fall armyworm (FAW), Spodoptera frugiperda J.E Smith, control in maize in many African countries. Here, the optimum...

    Authors: Jerry A. Nboyine, Ebenezer Asamani, Lakpo K. Agboyi, Iddrisu Yahaya, Francis Kusi, Gloria Adazebra and Benjamin K. Badii
    Citation: CABI Agriculture and Bioscience 2022 3:3
  6. Fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (J. E. Smith) is a migratory moth that annually migrates northward each spring from sites in southern Florida and southern Texas. This caterpillar pest feeds on and damages ro...

    Authors: Robert L. Meagher Jr., Rodney N. Nagoshi, Shelby J. Fleischer, John K. Westbrook, David L. Wright, J. Bradley Morris, James T. Brown and Amy J. Rowley
    Citation: CABI Agriculture and Bioscience 2022 3:1