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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CABI study assesses the capacity and responsiveness of Kenya’s national invasive species system

Tuta absoluta in Kenya
A new CABI-led study has sought to set out a framework and method for assessing the performance and responsiveness of an invasive species system. The proposed methodology was piloted in Kenya. The objective was to engage with key actors within an invasive species system using a participatory approach to determine…
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CABI explores baculovirus-based insecticides at Entomology 2021

CABI scientist Dr Ivan Rwomushana is sharing his expertise on baculorvirus-based insecticides to control crop pests – with a specific focus on examples from Kenya – as part of a presentation available online at the Entomology 2021 conference. Dr Rwomushana has recorded his thoughts on the subject in a video…
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New study explores maize diversity for fall armyworm resistance in a warming world

CABI has contributed to new research which highlights the importance of and need for host plant resistance for fall armyworm (Spodoptera frudiperda) in maize as current maize production in Africa and Asia is under serious threat from the pest and exacerbated by climate change concerns. CABI scientists Dr Feng Zhang,…
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Woody Weeds + project to support Kenya’s national prosopis strategy

WW+_launch_speech by PS Min Environment and Forestry
A new Swiss-Kenyan Woody Weeds + project has been launched to support a National Prosopis Strategy for Kenya which is aimed at the sustainable management of the invasive weed Prosopis juliflora – considered one of the world’s most threatening non-native tree species. The three-year project builds upon the previous Swiss-funded…
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