Managing the pathogens threatening St Helena’s biodiversity and food security

Black cabbage trees
St Helena’s endemic trees and insects are under threat, possibly due to introduced pathogens or changes to the range of endemic pathogens due to climate change. This project will survey and identify pathogens associated with tree death (including nursery-raised stock), and insect populations. Additionally, crop diseases will be surveyed and…
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Repelling the invader: turning the tide on Ascension’s Mexican thorn

Prosopis juliflora
Mexican thorn is the most damaging invasive species on Ascension Island. Introduced purposely, this weed has naturalised and spread rapidly, outcompeting native vegetation and negatively impacting wildlife, while encouraging other invasive rodents. This project will take a strategic and integrated approach to controlling thorn on Ascension including a rigorous assessment…
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Enhancing technical capacity for monitoring and managing fall armyworm in Bangladesh

Fall armyworm (FAW), Spodoptera frugiperda, is an incredibly highly invasive pest that feeds on over 80 plant species. Favouring maize and wheat, this caterpillar devastates crops and consequently affects the food security of smallholder farmers and the country. In Bangladesh, maize is the second most important crop which is grown…
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CABI supports plans for a Caribbean Invasive Alien Species Trust Fund to mitigate threats to biodiversity

DE: Westafrikanische Gruene Meerkatze (Chlorocebus sabaeus) im Senegal. EN: West African green monkey (Chlorocebus sabaeus) in Senegal.
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Integrated Pest Management is best approach to fighting fall armyworm pest in Botswana, new study reveals

van was in South Sudan to assist farmers to manage FAW
A new CABI-led study investigating the impacts, farmer management practices and implications for sustainable ways of fighting the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperga) suggests that an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach is the best way to tackle the devastating crop pest in Botswana. The research, led by Fernadis Makale and Dr…
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Spread of highly invasive apple snail leads to rise in production costs for rice farmers

Apple snail
The invasion of the apple snail Pomacea canaliculata in Kenya is estimated to have led to an increase in production costs for rice farmers in Kirinyaga County with an additional Kshs 9,668,100 spent on 781 acres. A field scoping exercise conducted by CABI – involving stakeholders including the Ministry of…
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