Location: Insect Behavior and Biocontrol ResearchTitle: Trapping fall armyworm in Africa
Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/21/2018
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, is a noctuid pest of row and vegetable crops throughout the Americas. It has recently invaded Africa and has been identified from almost all sub-Saharan countries. There is a strong expectation of significant damage to African maize crop yield and a high likelihood of further dispersal, putting the rest of the Eastern Hemisphere at risk. One method of monitoring for this species is the use of pheromone traps. A trapping network is being put together that will use the same type of traps and pheromone lures. This work will expand our most recent results that suggest that Florida and the Greater Antilles are the likely source of at least a subset of the African infestation and further suggest an entry point in western Africa. The origin of a second subgroup is less clear as it was rarely found in the collections and has a haplotype that has not yet been observed in the Western Hemisphere.