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February 12, 2009

Diagnosis of the Liberian caterpillar plague

According to Dr. Winfred Hammond of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the caterpillars of the moth Achaea catocaloides are responsible for the Liberian pest outbreak.

From a BBC article at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7868086.stm:

Cornering the culprit will allow the government to select the best pesticide to tackle the outbreak - the worst seen in Liberia since 1970.

Click here for the FAO report at http://www.research4development.info/news.asp?ArticleID=50358

And here is Dr. Winfred’s press release

An update on the caterpillar invasion can be found at the Liberian Ministry of Agriculture website

Thank you to William Mitchell College of Law student Brooke Mengel for preparing this post.

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