Insect Infestation

Armyworm feeding on a corn plant
Researchers assessing the effects of a campaign on fall armyworm control and maize yield found thatcampaign increased maize yield by up to 34 per cent by aiding adoption of better practices
A farmer holds a corn leaf full of holes eaten out by pests
A new study from North Carolina State University shows soil temperature can be used to effectively monitor and predict the spread of the corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea), a pest that ravages corn, cotton, soybeans, peppers, tomatoes and other crops.
Plant that helps produce behavior-changing pheromones could boost environmentally friendly pest control.
To avert agricultural losses due to the voracious desert locust, FAO recently delivered various equipment and machinery to Yemen's Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Fisheries (MAIF) in Aden.
Mexico is using a nuclear-based technique known as the sterile insect technique (SIT) to eradicate the medfly that had been threatening fruit and vegetable crops, farmers’ livelihoods and the country’s economy.
​​​​Experts at two Midlands universities are starting a new project to develop a photonic ‘nose’ to monitor crops for pest infestations and plant disease.
Caterpillar infestation in an apple tree
Purdue University and the U.S. Forest Service announced the improved Alien Forest Pest Explorer interactive web tool. It combines information from multiple sources to show impacts of forest insects and diseases, and the potential for further damage.
Nigerian pastoralist with cows in the background
Pastoralists in the Sahel are adapting to the impacts of growing insecurity and climate change through extended periods of migration. Increased pastoral mobility also leads to greater risks of zoonotic disease spillovers.
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This opinion piece is derived from presentations and discussions held during a webinar on “Transboundary Disease and Pest Management”, as a part of the International Year of Plant Health webinar series organized by CGIAR.
This image shows a thermometer indicating high temperatures. The sun is shining brightly in the sky.
New research led by the University of East Anglia quantifies the benefits of limiting global warming to 1.5°C and identifies the hotspot regions for climate change risk in the future.