In depth insight into the detection of fall armyworm in Australia
Fall armyworm is an invasive pest that has been reported to feed on more than 350 plant species, and impacts economically important cultivated grasses such as maize, rice, sorghum, sugarcane and wheat, as well as fruit, vegetable and cotton crops.
It is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas, and since 2016 has spread to Africa, the Indian subcontinent, China and South East Asia.
In February this year, fall armyworm was detected on mainland Australia for the first time and has since spread across Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia.
Vegetables Australia – Winter 2020 provides the latest on these detections and what vegetable growers need to know.
Click here to read the article.
To help you know what to look for, you can also watch this video produced by the AUSVEG biosecurity team: