Fall armyworm

Fall armyworm  (FAW; Spodoptera frugiperda) was first detected at locations in the northern parts of Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia. It has been determined that it is unfeasible to eradicate this pest and it is now classified as an established pest in these areas.

While these areas are likely to host FAW populations in crops, pastures, weeds and native grasses, it is difficult to know just how significant a pest FAW will be in the different crops within these areas or regions further south. It will also be challenging to predict how Australia’s climatic and vegetation zones will influence the timing and magnitude of possible future FAW migrations within Australia.

Plant Health Australia received funding to develop resources to fill the gaps in knowledge and research about how the pest behaves and can be managed in Australia.


Fall Armyworm Continuity Plan for the Australian Grains Industry

Fall Armyworm Continuity Plan for the Australian Grains IndustryThe Fall Armyworm Continuity Plan was developed for use by professionals, specialists and consultants to prepare localised and industry specific communication and extension material.

The plan focuses on the grain industry and provides:

  • background information on the current knowledge and status of fall armyworm (FAW; Spodoptera frugiperda) in Australia
  • key considerations in developing localised management strategies
  • future research and development for the Australian grain industry.

The purpose of the plan is to provide a reference point and a basis for industry to build upon when designing resistance management strategies, area wide management plans, crop-specific management manuals, and other extension materials such as audio and visual products for the management of FAW within Australian broadacre farming systems.

Acknowledgement: This is a Grains Research Development Corporation investment initiative led by cesar with project partners Plant Health Australia, Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International, and the Queensland Department of Primary Industries. Contract code: CES2004-003RTX.


Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative Podcasts

Fall Armyworm podcastsPBRI Podcasts feature interviews with growers and agronomists on their first-hand experience in managing new and emerging pests, leading Australian researchers on their latest findings and observations and international experts who share their experiences and learnings.

Each episode runs for about 30 minutes, and you can listen in any order you want.

The first series of PBRI Podcasts is on fall armyworm. It explores the experiences and observations of experts from around the globe and here in Australia as we take on this invasive pest. Throughout the series, host Chris Brown delves into the biology and behaviour offal armyworm and explores how we can minimise its impact.

The episodes are:

  • Episode 1: Fall armyworm biology and ecology in subtropical and temperate US
  • Episode 2: Applied fall armyworm management in row crops and pastures in Texas
  • Episode 3: Active response to fall armyworm in South Africa
  • Episode 4: FAO’s global action for fall armyworm control
  • Episode 5 : Field observations of fall armyworm in north Queensland
  • Episode 6: Footprints in the paddock – approaches to scouting, developing thresholds and tips to familiarise yourself with Fall Armyworm.
  • Episode 7: Field observations of Fall armyworm in northern Western Australia
  • Episode 8: Trial observations and laboratory findings on fall armyworm in the Northern Territory
  • Episode 9: Could Fall armyworm have been present in our region for longer than first thought? Tracing the spread.

The podcasts are available on the PBRI website


Related information

Preparing Australia to manage fall armyworm (Farm Biosecurity)

Fall armyworm and other exotic armyworms (Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment)

Fall armyworm found in Oz (Farm Biosecurity)