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?

Beyond Covid 19. Are we risking yet another pandemic if we continue to embrace "assembly-line" livestock production into the future?

by Larry Powell No one would argue that Covid 19 demands our undivided attention. Surely,  defeating this "beast" has to be &...