CABI portal aims to help combat Fall Armyworm

CHAP partner CABI has partnered with leading researchers and institutions to launch a new portal that facilitates global research collaboration to to combat fall armyworm (FAW).

The CABI-led Fall Armyworm Research Collaboration Portal, is a free-to-access platform to share research data, insights and outputs. Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Netherlands Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) under the Action on Invasives programme, the portal will also encourage researchers to post preprints of research articles to the new agriRxiv, reducing the duplication of research into FAW prevention and management, provide a route for the rapid sharing of results and highlight opportunities for collaboration – encouraging rapid, iterative experimentation and global teamwork to address the spread and impact of FAW.

FAW, which is native to the Americas, was first seen in Africa in 2016 and has already spread to the Middle East and Asia. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations warns that it could soon reach southern Europe. It affects more than 80 plant species and farmers need significant support to manage it sustainably through Integrated Pest Management (IPM) activities.

Dr Roger Day, Programme Executive, Action on Invasives, said, “The current COVID-19 crisis shows what can happen when the scientific community comes together to address a challenge. It is imperative that the international science community collaborates in a resourceful and efficient way to help develop existing and new ways of detecting, monitoring and managing FAW in the countries where it is already present and to help prevent its further spread.

Find out more about the Fall Armyworm Research Collaboration Portal.


For details of CHAP’s partnerships with CABI go to , go to Fungal Biopesticide Lab, International Pest Horizon Scanning and  and National Reference Collection.

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