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Fall Armyworm attack the standing crops in Assam

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  • April 11, 2020
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Fall Armyworm attack the standing crops in Assam

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Environment 

In News:

  • Fall armyworm attack on the standing crops in various districts of Assam has been reported recently.

Important value additions:

Fall armyworm

  • Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is an insect
  • It is widely distributed in Eastern and Central North America and in South America.  
  • It has spread across the world because of trade and its strong flying ability
  • India’s tropical climate could allow the pest to thrive and spread further.
  • If not well managed, it can cause significant damage to crops in its larva stage
  • It can affect large variety of species of crops, primarily maize
  • It can be controlled with:
    • insecticides (like lambda-cyhalothrin)
    • through natural predators (such as coccinellid beetles 
    • by inter-cropping. 

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