Insect cells serve as valuable testing tools for research and development in a variety of fields and industries, with the global count of established cell lines now at more than 1,200. A new database allows scientists to find and identify insect cell lines that could best match their research goals.
As the fall armyworm has expanded its range in Asia and Africa, international collaborations are at work to respond. In Nepal, early warnings and training prepared the country's agricultural community well ahead of time.
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.
A new guide in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management outlines the key strategies for managing the invasive fall armyworm in Africa.
On smallholder farms using Bt maize in Africa, the combination of reduced field size and multiple pests presents challenges to insecticide resistance management. A new report in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management offers recommendations for best practices.