Impression of the 2nd Science Incubator Workshop on Weeds and Invasive Plants

Between 24-28 June 2014, Marc Schut participated in the 2nd Science Incubator Workshop on Weeds and Invasive Plants in Benasque, Spain. The objective of the workshop was to bring together both the youth and the experienced members of the weed research community to discuss the future of weed research. Ecologists, biologists, agronomists, economists and sociologists engaged in horizon scanning activities and developed

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Rhamphicarpa fistulosa datasheet

CABI has recently published a Rhamphicarpa fistulosa datasheet. The datasheet contains amongst others information on the taxonomy, geographical distribution and habitat of Rhamphicarpa. The datasheet has been developed by Jonne Rodenburg and can be found online:

Update postdoc project (subproject 4)

The postdoc project is in its final phase. A conceptual paper has been written and published in Science and Public Policy. In the paper, we reflect on complex agricultural problems as having four key features: (1) complex problems have different dimensions and can therefore not be fully understood by analysing these dimensions separately (multi-dimensional), (2) complex problems are embedded in

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Parasite progress workshop 17 June 2014

On Tuesday 17 June 2014, the Parasite team met for a workshop in Wageningen, the Netherlands. The key objective of the workshop was to discuss (1) overall progress of the different subprojects (including completed activities and outputs), (2) present work in progress (ongoing activities/ paper(s) in preparation), and (3) the way forward (planning and to be developed outputs). The presentations

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Seminar Jonne Rodenburg at Hohenheim University in Stuttgart

On 7 July 2014, Jonne Rodenburg will give a presentation at Hohenheim University in Stuttgart as part of a seminar series entitled: "Tropenzentrum Invites".  The topic of his presentation will be "Integrated multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder approaches to an underestimated crop protection problem – the case of parasitic weeds in rainfed rice systems in Africa".

MSc research Luuk van Dijk

For his MSc thesis at the Crop and Weed Ecology group of Wageningen University Luuk van Dijk set up two rice pot experiments. The objective of these experiments is to understand whether crop-weed competition in rice is affected by the co-existence of a root parasitic weed. This objective resulted from observations done in 2013 in experiments at the trial fields

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Field visit to the experimental sites in Kyela

From 11 to 17 May 2014, Lammert and Aad visited Tanzania. The main purpose of this trip was to visit Kyela, where Dennis is conducting field experiments for his PhD. In Kyela, the experiments are laid out at two sites: one infested with Striga asiatica and a very similar second site, at a slightly lower altitude, infested with Rhamphicarpa fistula.

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Paper: Weed management in upland rice in sub-Saharan Africa: impact on labor and crop productivity

Jonne Rodenburg and collagues published a paper entitled "Weed management in upland rice in sub-Saharan Africa: impact on labor and crop productivity" in Food Security journal. Please cite the paper as: Ogwuike, P., Rodenburg, J., Diagne, A., Agboh-Noameshie, A., Amovin-Assagba, E., 2014. Weed management in upland rice in sub-Saharan Africa: impact on labor and crop productivity. Food Security, 1-11. Abstract Rice is

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New book: Parasitic Orobanchaceae. Parasitic Mechanisms and Control Strategies

This book was written in response to significant recent advances in understanding the mechanisms of parasitism in the Orobanchaceae, and breakthroughs in the control of the parasitic weeds Striga and Orobanche. It consists of 26 contributions by internationally recognized leading scientists. The main book chapters are grouped into two parts: Part I – The Orobanchaceae and Their Parasitic Mechanisms Part

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Rhamphicarpa in maize and upland rice in Uganda

During their recent field visits in Namutumba District in Uganda, Jonne Rodenburg and Mamadou Cissoko observed again quite some inland valley arable fields infested by Rhamphicarpa fistulosa. They found this species in a maize field and also in an upland rice field on the upper parts of an inland valley (near Ivukula; 0°51’21” N – 33°40’56” E and 0°48’46’ N – 33°39’16”). In

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