Detection of Spodoptera frugiperda (fall armyworm) in New Caledonia

Publication Date
Wed, 20 Jan 2021, 02:56
Last Updated
July 20, 2021, 2:12 a.m.
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New Caledonia
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Fall armyworm is a lepidopteran pest that feeds on more than 350 plant species. It preferentially feeds on cultivated grasses such as maize, rice, sorghum, sugarcane and wheat, but also attacks legumes, horticultural crops, cotton and other plants. Only detected on maize (Zea mays) in New Caledonia.
Pest Status (old values from ISPM 8 -1998 )
  • Present: only in some areas
Pest Status (ISPM 8 - 2021)
  • Present: widely distributed
Geographical Distribution
North and South provinces

Numerous larvae were found in only one field of maize (Zea mays) on the 16th of December 2020. The field has been destroyed and a management program has been set in place. However, since the beginning of 2021, Spodoptera frugiperda has been found in several maize fields located throughout New Caledonia and is now considered has widely distributed in the country. At this stage, eradication is not considered as possible but the management program, based on monitoring, chemical control, development of biological control, adaptation of agronomic practices and communication with producers, is maintained.

Introduction of FAW in New Caledonia could have economic impacts on the maize industry but also on many other productions given the wide range of hosts of FAW.
Contact for info
Aurélie CHAN, Direction des Affaires vétérinaires, Alimentaires et Rurales (DAVAR) Service d’Inspection Vétérinaire, Alimentaire et Phytosanitaire (SIVAP), BP M2 - 98849 Nouméa cedex New Caledonia , [email protected]
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