Biosecurity Interception System to be adopted across Caribbean to improve surveillance for Invasive Alien Species

A CABI-led initiative aimed at helping to reduce the risks of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) further blighting Barbados and Other Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has been approved for adoption across the Caribbean as part of a wider plan to encourage travellers to self-declare items that may pose a biosecurity risk.…
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The power of radio in fight against fall armyworm highlighted in new CABI-led study

A new CABI-led study has revealed the power of radio in extension communication as part of a campaign aimed at increasing the identification, monitoring and management of the fall armyworm (FAW) (Spodoptera frugiperda) pest amongst smallholder farmers in Zambia. The research, published in the journal CABI Agricultural and Bioscience, showed…
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Invasive Alien Species cost Africa’s agricultural sector an estimated USD $65.58 billion a year

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CABI scientists have conducted the first comprehensive study on the economic impact of a range of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) on Africa’s agricultural sector, which they estimated to be USD $65.58 billion a year. This is equivalent to 2.5% of the gross domestic product of all African countries combined. The…
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Student completes PhD on defence mechanisms of a major group of maize pests, the Diabroticina beetles

Male corn rootworms in laboratory rearing (Photo Stefan Toepfer) Western corn rootworm
A PhD student – co-supervised by Professor Ted Turlings and Dr Carla Marques Arce of the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland along with Dr Stefan Toepfer of CABI – has successfully defended her thesis on defence mechanisms of a major group of maize pests, the Diabroticina beetles. Dr Pamela Bruno…
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FAO and CABI to support SADC Member States in fight against five key priority crop pests and diseases

Tuta absoluta in Kenya
CABI is working in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to support the operationalization of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Agricultural Policy that will help tackle five key crop pests and diseases affecting its 16 Member States. Dr Ivan Rwomushana and Dr…
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CABI contributes to new research investigating impact of COVID-19 and locusts on farm households in Pakistan

Roosting locusts
CABI scientists have played a key role in new research from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) which highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and locust invasions on farm households in the Punjab and Sindh provinces of Pakistan. Researchers from CABI’s centre in Pakistan provided expertise and support for 839…
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