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fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) on maize

The Promise—and Limits—of Bt Maize to Manage Fall Armyworm in Africa

As fall armyworm continues to threaten food security in Africa, the use of Bt maize offers significant potential to manage the pest. But it will be critical to manage resistance via multi-toxin crop varieties and appropriate use of refuge planting—all in forms accessible to the smallholder farmers that grow nearly all of Africa's maize.

collecting Desmodium

IPM Packages Streamline Crop-Pest Solutions in Developing Countries

Integrated pest management pros working in developing countries are finding success with IPM "packages," which bundle a range of solutions for multiple crop pest issues, from the time of soil preparation to harvest and tailored to local conditions—making IPM adoption easier for farmers with limited training or resources.  

solar farm pollinator habitat

Pollinator Conservation on Solar Farms: The Entomology Perspective

Amid the steady growth of solar energy production in the United States, pollinator conservation at solar installations has become an appealing secondary pursuit, but the long-term success of such efforts remains to be seen. In a new article published today in the journal Environmental Entomology, a group of entomologists say pairing solar energy with pollinator habitat offers great promise, but scientific evaluation and meaningful standards will be key to making it a true win-win combination.

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