Armyworm Marches on India

A new threat to global food security looms as the armyworm crop pest that ate its way across Africa has been discovered in southern India.
 
Indian agricultural researchers found the worm in 70% of maize fields they investigated in Chikkaballapur, Karnataka state.
 
The caterpillar eats maize, sorghum and nearly 200 other plant species and devastated crops in Africa in the last couple years. Indian researchers called for a quick response, which may include GM crops and pesticides. The pest is native to the Americas.
 
The Guardian

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