Detection of Spodoptera frugiperda (fall armyworm) in New Caledonia

Publication Date
mer, 20 Jan 2021, 02:56
Last Updated
jan. 20, 2021, 2:56 matin
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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
  • Present: only in some areas
Geographical Distribution
Specific area of Ouenghi in Boulouparis

Numerous larvae were found in only one field on the 16th of December 2020. This one should be destroyed as soon as possible. However we consider that eradication will not be possible and then, a management program is under establishment with all the stakeholders.

FAW is considered as an exotic pest to New Caledonia. 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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