by Bradley Flett ARC-Grain Crops Institute, Potchefstroom South Africans from all walks of life consume maize in some form or other. Maize meal is eaten as a staple food by the majority of South Africans. Alternately it is very popular as a breakfast porridge or as "pap" with a "braai". Many other everyday commodities such as pharmaceuticals, confectionary, toothpastes, popcorn, soups, etc. include maize in various forms.
In common with all other life forms, insects suffer from viruses that cripple and kill. However, these viruses have long been regarded as the "Cinderellas" of virology. They have no medical importance, as in general viruses that cause disease in insects do not do so in humans.