The Pest Information Management Systems (PIMS) is an online database of pests and diseases affecting food crops grown and traded across borders. PIMS is the first of its kind in across Africa and has been developed through the support of the East African Trade and Investment Hub (EATHUB), a USAID program.

Country Pest List

Scientific NameCommon NameCountryDescription
Tribulus terrestris L. (1753)puncture vineKenyawidespread throughout the world from latitudes 35?S to 47?N The achenes easily become attached to animals, livestock, man or farm machinery from which they are dispersed to new locations where they fall off or are removed
Tyrophagus putrescentiae (Schrank)cereal miteKenyarequire an average temperature of about 32?C and a relative humidity as high as 100% for development
Ustilago zeae (Schwein.) Ungercommon smut of maizeKenyaSoilborne ustilospores are the source of inoculum of U. maydis: they remain viable in the soil for at least one year (Christensen, 1963; Batiashvili, 1975). At low storage temperatures (-5 to 20°C), ustilospores retained their germination capacity; this capacity was reduced at 37°C and was lost at 40°C and above (Batiashvili, 1975). Early studies indicated that ustilospores stored indoors survived for 5-8 years (Christensen, 1963). Ustilospores germinate to produce a promycelium from which haploid basidiospores are formed. O'Donnell (1992) gave a detailed electron microscopy analysis of meiosis. Seed, soil, plant parts, wind,
Agrotis ipsilonBlack cutwormKenyaOutbreaks of A. ipsilon frequently occur on wet soils or on ground that has been recently flooded. River bottoms or low areas in fields are often very susceptible to cutworm infestations Natural dispersal,plant trade,vector pathway,wood pacakaging
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