Modelling the control of African armyworm (Spodoptera exempta) infestations in cereal crops by deploying naturally beneficial insects

Faithpraise, Fina, Idung, Joseph, Chatwin, Chris, Young, Rupert and Birch, Philip (2015) Modelling the control of African armyworm (Spodoptera exempta) infestations in cereal crops by deploying naturally beneficial insects. BioSystems Engineering, 129. pp. 268-276. ISSN 1537-5110

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Abstract

A solution was sought for control of Spodoptera exempta in cereal crops. The proposed solution enhanced a previous scheme since it provided control of the pest eggs and larvae and improved the quality of crop products by replacing pesticides. The scheme consists of a surveillance and monitoring system to activate a measured response to pest invasion. In the control phase naturally beneficial insects (NBIs) were deployed via an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system to control the pest population; parasite egg wasps (Trichogramma) were combined with a larval parasite Diptera (Tachinidae) to achieve greater control of the life cycle stages of the African Armyworm e Spodoptera exempta.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: African armyworm Spodoptera exempta Trichogramma Tachinidae Pest control Modelling
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Subjects: Q Science
S Agriculture
T Technology
Depositing User: Chris Chatwin
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2015 12:04
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 08:22
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/51412

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