Mating disruption pheromone now registered to fight fall armyworm in Kenya

Timothy Okumu, a farmer in Bungoma, who used the mating disruption pheromone on his farm (Credit: CABI).
CABI’s collaboration with US-based agri-tech firm Provivi has supported the registration in Kenya of a new biocontrol product – Provivi’s PherogenTM SPOFR dispenser – now being deployed to fight fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda). Provivi’s PherogenTM SPOFR dispenser has been registered by the Pest Control Products Board (PCPB) in the Biopesticide…
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‘Outstanding progress’ made in all aspects of MARA China-CABI Joint Lab despite COVID-19 pandemic

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The 13th Steering Committee (SC) meeting of the MARA China-CABI Joint Laboratory for Biosafety and 3rd SC meeting of the MARA China-CABI European Laboratory has reported ‘outstanding progress’ on all aspects of its work during 2020 despite the challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Representatives from the Chinese Ministry…
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CABI highlights benefits of analytics-based plant disease management as part of knowledge exchange webinar

"Chinyunyu Plant Clinic in Rufunsa district, Zambia."
CABI’s Henry Mibei – an expert in agricultural digital development – has contributed to the Africa-Korea Disruptive Agricultural Technology (DAT) Knowledge Exchange Series aimed at innovative technology solutions for agricultural risk management. Mr Mibei, who is based at CABI’s Africa Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, took the opportunity to highlight how…
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CABI outlines opportunities for growth in the African biocontrol sector at Global Biocontrol Conference

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CABI scientist Dr Lakpo Koku Agboyi has outlined a range of opportunities for growth in the African biocontrol sector to fight crop pests and diseases as part of the Global Biocontrol Conference 2021 attended online by biocontrol experts from around the world. Dr Agboyi, who is based at CABI’s centre…
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CABI shares expertise on strategic issues article which calls for ecological restoration as an imperative for human health

CABI has shared its expertise on a new strategic issues article which highlights a range of ecological countermeasures for preventing zoonotic diseases as part of an overall call for ecological restoration to be seen as a greater imperative for human health. Dr Arne Witt shared his knowledge on invasive alien…
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PhD student joins fight against invasive western corn rootworm with fast-developing research

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A PhD student has joined the fight against the invasive western corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera) with investigations into the fast-developing research area of biostimulants aimed at strengthening maize plants against the devastating pest. Sri Ita Tarigan from Bogor Agricultural University of Indonesia, who is being supervised by CABI’s invasive…
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Management of woody weeds in Baringo County, Kenya, may yield significant livelihood benefits

Farmer Odisyoso Bugayo clears prosopis from his land.
A new study suggests that clearing the invasive woody weed Prosopis julifora and grassland restoration in Baringo County, Kenya, may have significant financial benefits for local stakeholders and contribute to climate change mitigation. Climate change, land degradation, and invasive alien species (IAS) such as Prosopis julifora are major threats to…
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Data Sharing Toolkit could contribute to unlocking greater food security in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

CABI has joined forces with the Open Data Institute (ODI) to launch a Data Sharing Toolkit which could contribute to unlocking greater food security in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia through better access to information on soil health, agronomy and fertilizers. The new resource, made possible thanks to funding from…
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New CABI research confirms presence of highly invasive apple snail in Kenya

Apple snail
New research published today by scientists at CABI and the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) confirms that the apple snail (Pomacea canaliculata) has been discovered in Kenya for the first time. Widely considered to be one of the most invasive invertebrates of waterways and irrigation systems, the apple snail…
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Plantwise plant clinics help promote sustainable crop pest management in Rwanda and Zambia, new study shows

Plant clinic in Zambia
CABI-led Plantwise plant clinics can help promote more sustainable ways to fight crop pests and diseases in Rwanda and Zambia – such as the fall armyworm – with the judicial use of pesticides within Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plans. Dr Justice Tambo, lead author of the study published in the…
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