Spodoptera frugiperda (fall armyworm) detections Solomon Islands

Publication Date
Wed, 06 Oct 2021, 02:55
Last Updated
Oct. 6, 2021, 2:55 a.m.
Report Number
SLB-01/1
Country
Solomon Islands
Pest Id
fall armyworm - (LAPHFR)
Report Status
Final
Hosts
Hosts Lepidopteran pest with a wide host range feeding on more than 350 plant species including commercial species such as; Zea mays (maize), Oryza sativa (rice), Sorghum bicolor (sorghum), Saccharum officinarum (sugarcane), Triticum aestivum (wheat), horticultural crops, and other plants. The extent of host range in Solomon Islands is not yet known. Pest Status (old values from ISPM 8 -1998 )
Pest Status (ISPM 8 - 2021)
  • Present: not widely distributed and under official
Geographical Distribution
Around Honiara City. But could extend pending more survey work at risk areas Geographical Distribution Agriculture Research Station, Poste entry Quarantine Station Henderson, Betikama School farm, and Corona Market Tenaru. The pest is capable of natural dispersal over 100 KM in one night and has a broad, available host range. Further detections are likely.
Summary

Spodoptera frugiperda (fall armyworm) detections Solomon Islands Publication Date Tuesday24.08.21 Last Updated September13.09, 2021, Report Number SLB-001/10/1 Country Solomon Islands Pest Id Spodoptera frugiperda - (LAPHFR) Report Status Final Hosts Lepidopteran pest with a wide host range feeding on more than 350 plant species including commercial species such as; Zea mays (maize), Oryza sativa (rice), Sorghum bicolor (sorghum), Saccharum officinarum (sugarcane), Triticum aestivum (wheat), horticultural crops, and other plants. The extent of host range in Solomon Islands is not yet known. Pest Status (old values from ISPM 8 -1998 ) • Present: in some parts of Guadalcanal only (Pending further detection survey) Pest Status (ISPM 8 - 2021) • Present: Found only on Guadalcanal-widely distributed in Honiara city and surrounding subsistence farmers

Summary Eradication of Spodoptera frugiperda from Solomon Islands is not considered technically feasible after being reported in Honiara. Activities for fall armyworm based on other countries experience will have to be transitioned to management and are focused on limiting the impact of the pest. Applying phytosanitary measures, other regulatory measures and IPM is now consider All levels of Government and Industry are working together to ensure appropriate long term management options are available to growers and identify research to protect food security, reduce pest spread, awareness and pest reporting among other priorities. Danger These detections are being notified due to recent international interest in the movement of the pest.

Danger
Farmers planting corn and rice including vegetables will be affected. There is also potential for the pest to spread to other Islands and region.
Contact for info
Contact for info Director of Biosecurity Solomon Islands, Department of Biosecurity Solomon Islands Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock PO Box G13 Honiara Solomon Islands [email protected]
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