KARI-Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium of Parasitic Weeds 1991

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1991
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Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
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Parasitic weeds are interesting because of their complex life cycles and intricate interactions with their host. But they are also pernicious pests of a wide range of crops. In Africa alone, the lives of hundreds of thousands of people are directly or indirectly affected by a single genus of parasitic plant, Striga. Furthermore, as the land resources in Africa are more intensively utilized Striga related yield losses appear to be growing. Because of population pressure farmers can no longer afford to abandon land infested by Striga nor leave it fallow, a traditional method of managing this pest. The sustainability of agricultural production is threatened in many areas by Striga.
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