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Invasion of the Fall armyworm

13 Mar 2023



While an invasion of creepy crawlies may be the stuff of nightmares, it could be a reality for New Zealand growers and gardening hobbyists. Fall armyworm has recently made its way to our shores and, under the right conditions, has the potential to wipe out crop plants overnight. In today’s episode, we chat to Frances MacDonald and Jordan Pickering about why Fall armyworm is a threat to Aotoearoa New Zealand, the role of scientists and individuals in biosecurity threat events, and what you should do if you spot one in your backyard. Thanks to B3 for supporting this MPI/PFR Summer Studentship. This podcast was recorded on the 31st January 2023, for current information on the status of the fall army worm in New Zealand please see the MPI website: Thanks to B3 for supporting Jordan’s MPI/Plant & Food Research Summer Studentship.

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