Scientists search for sustainable solutions to stop the fall armyworm

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Scientists in Britain are hoping to find a sustainable way to stop the march of the voracious fall armyworm caterpillar without using pesticides.

The crop-chomping pest has wrought havoc in Africa and is now threatening millions of farmers in Asia after the first reported infestation of it in India.

A female fall armyworm moth can lays up to 1,000 eggs in her lifetime, targeting maize, sorghum or millet but can feed on 80 different crops, including rice, vegetables, groundnuts and cotton.


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