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Parasite ruins African rice culture

At a first glance, Rhamphicarpa fistulosa might look innocent, but it turns rice plants into slaves. PhD candidate Stella Kabiri investigated the effects of this parasitic weed that damages the African rice production at an ever-increasing rate. It is nothing new that Rhamphicarpa fistulosa has been parasitising rice in many African countries, but Kabiri studied how this vampiric plant exhausts the rice

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PUBLICATION: Slavery in Plants: how the facultative hemi-parasitic plant Rhamphicarpa fistulosa can completely dominate its host

Abstract The rain-fed lowland rice weed Rhamphicarpa fistulosa (Rice Vampireweed) is a facultative root parasitic plant. Growth and reproduction of R. fistulosa benefit considerably from parasitism, but how this affects the host plant is not well established. We determined accumulation and partitioning of rice-parasite biomass in two pot experiments. First, rice (cv. IR64) was grown under eight R. fistulosa densities

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NEW PUBLICATION: Timing as parasitic weed control strategy in rice

PARASITE is happy to announce a new publication by our PhD researched Dennis Tippe and colleagues entitled: “Delayed or early sowing: Timing as parasitic weed control strategy in rice is species and ecosystem dependent”. Parasitic weeds are a severe problem in rain-fed rice production ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa. In a recent paper, published in Field Crops Research (Volume 214, pages 14-24),

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