Monday, 20 February 2017

Crop destroying caterpillar rapidly spreading across Africa; maize production endangered

New research announced by scientists at CABI (Center for Agriculture and Bioscience Information) confirms that a recently introduced crop-destroying armyworm caterpillar is now spreading rapidly across Mainland Africa and could spread to tropical Asia and the Mediterranean in the next few years, becoming a major threat to agricultural trade worldwide. Story here.

Manitoba "crop-duster." PinP photo.

1 comment:

PinP said...

As a citizen of this world, I fervently hope biological controls will be vigorously pursued before authorities "lay on" the pesticides. I have personal knowledge of wide-spread application of chlorpyrfos (Lorsban) here in MB, Canada. Sorry, chemical-makers. But the side effects that go along with your solution are just too serious. And what about more crop diversity vs. monocropping?