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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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The Parasite team wishes everybody a happy and healthy 2014

The Parasite team wishes all colleagues, partners and friends a fruitful and healthy 2014! In 2014 we will continue our research and development activities on parasitic weeds in rain-fed rice production systems in Tanzania, Benin and Cote d'Ivoir.

Systems approaches to innovation in crop protection. A systematic literature review

As part of the sociology subproject 4 we have published a review entitled: "Systems approaches to innovation in crop protection. A systematic literature review" in Crop Protection. The paper explores the extent to which systems approaches to innovation are reflected in the crop protection literature and how such approaches are used. A systematic literature review was conducted to study the relation between crop protection and

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Internship report Elifadhili Daniel: Assessment of agricultural extension services in Tanzania

The report of Elifadhili Daniel's internship entitled "Assessment of agricultural extension services in Tanzania. A case study of Kyela, Songea Rural, and Morogoro Rural Districts" is now published on the website. Please refer to the report as: Daniel, E., 2013. Assessment of agricultural extension services in Tanzania. A case study of Kyela, Songea Rural, and Morogoro Rural Districts. Wageningen University, the

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Publication: Sustainable rice production in African inland valleys: Seizing regional potentials through local approaches

Jonne Rodenburg and collagues have published a review paper entitled: "Sustainable rice production in African inland valleys: Seizing regional potentials through local approaches" in Agricultural Systems. The paper's highlights are: Inland valleys are common landscapes in Africa with an estimated area of 190 M ha. Inland valleys can significantly contribute to food security in sub-Saharan Africa. 9.1% Of the total

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Africa Rice Congress, 21-25 October 2013, Yaoundé, Cameroon

Between 21 and 25 October 2013, the 3rd Africa Rice Congress was held in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The Parasite programme was well represented at the congress. During the first two days of the congress, several thematic sessions were organised. Different papers and posters were presented by members of the Parasite team: Jonne Rodenburg and Marc Schut presented the overall programme and

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Weed management DVD AfricaRice

AfricaRice has produced a Weed Management DVD entitled ‘Weed Management – Farmer-to-Farmer Instruction Videos on Effective and Labor-Saving Weed Management in Lowland Rice’. The two-disk DVD contains 4 multi-language videos of which two can be accessed online: Effective Weed Management Rice Transplanting Safe and Correct Use of Herbicides Using the Rotary Weeder in Lowland Rice Weeds are important constraints for rice

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Seminar postdoc research, AfricaRice Cotonou, 30 August 2013

On Friday 30 August 2013, Marc Schut gave a presentation on his postdoc fieldwork conducted in Benin. During his fieldwork in Benin, Marc conducted 65 in-depth interviews and organised 3 multi-stakeholder workshops at the three study sites; Dassa-Zoumé, Kandi and Tanguiéta that were attended by 66 participants. In his presentation, Marc elaborated on the overall objectives of the Parasite programme,

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Multi-stakeholder workshops in Dassa-Zoumé, Kandi and Tanguiéta, August 2013

Between 19 and 26 August 2013, three multi-stakeholder workshops were organized in Dassa-Zoumé, Kandi and Tanguiéta, Benin. In these three study sites, parasitic weeds in rainfed rice production are eminent. In total, the three workshops were attended by 66 participants. For each workshop, farmers and representatives of government (department and commune level), civil society organisations, private sector, and research and

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