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Update postdoctoral research project

Marc Schut has been analysing data and writing on two articles. Paper 1: Systems approaches to innovation in crop protection The first article is a literature review of systems approaches to innovation in the crop protection literature. The literature review includes the analysis of over 100 research papers and reviews to explore (a) the importance of technology-oriented approaches versus systems-oriented

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Update PhD-project 1

Stella Kabiri has been working on two manuscripts. The first paper is titled, ‘Ecological differences between Rhamphicarpa fistulosa and Striga asiatica in parasitism of rain-fed rice in Sub-Saharan Africa’. This paper describes that both Rhamphicarpa, a facultative parasite and Striga spp., an obligate parasite, have their distribution in similar regions in the continent. Yet rice cultivation has been driven into the

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Parasite Programme Poster

We have developed a Parasite Programme poster that can be used for promoting our project during conferences, seminars and meetings. The poster includes a general description of the three PhD-projects and the postdoctoral project. Furthermore, the integrated framework and expected results are described. The poster is printed on A0 and A1 format. Please contact Marc Schut when you would like

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IDS Knowledge Exchange Event on learning for climate and development policy

Marc Schut participated in a Knowledge Exchange event that was held at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) in Brighton on 5 and 6 March 2013. The knowledge exchange attracted a variety of participants, representing international development organisations, universities and CGIAR agricultural research institutes. The knowledge exchange was organised around the theme of “learning for climate and development policy”. Marc

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Jonne Rodenburg on “Uprooting underground killers”

Parasitic weeds of the genus Striga—also known as witchweeds—are a major threat to upland rice production in several parts of Africa. The roots of Striga seedlings penetrate the root cells of host plants, among them, rice, and leave them weak and unproductive. AfricaRice and its partners are making significant headway in the struggle to control Striga in rice fields across

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Lunch seminar CSA Marc Schut

Postdoc Marc Schut gave a CSA lunch seminar entitled: "Analysis of agricultural innovation in crop protection and extension systems in Tanzania: The case of parasitic weeds in rainfed rice production systems." In the seminar he discussed how he operationalised the Agricultural Innovation Systems approach to study the institutional and political dynamics of parasitic weeds in rainfed, smallholder rice production systems

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Update PhD-project 3

Between October 2012 and February 2013, a second period of field work in Benin and in Cote d’Ivoire was carried out. The core activities during that period include the implementation of the baseline survey in Cote d’Ivoire, a participatory community base survey in Benin, and data analysis and writing of my first paper. The community base survey in Benin includes

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Lunch seminar KTI Marc Schut

Postdoc Marc Schut gave a KTI lunch seminar entitled: "Analysis of agricultural innovation in crop protection and extension systems in Tanzania: Concepts, methods and preliminary results." In the seminar he discussed how he operationalised the Agricultural Innovation Systems approach to study the institutional and political dynamics of parasitic weeds in rainfed, smallholder rice production systems in Tanzania. The slides can

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MSc-research and colloquium Djoeke Langeloo

In January 2012 I started my MSc thesis research within the Parasite Programme. My research focussed on the reproductive success of the parasitic weeds Striga asiatica and Rhamphicarpa fistulosa. In particular, I explored how the reproductive success was affected by different rice sowing dates, rice varieties and parasitic weed seed densities. The first two aspects were studied in two field

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Articles on research Jonne Rodenburg and Matty Demont in Rice Today

Two Parasite programme team members present their research in the latest edition of Rice Today (January – March 2013 Volume 12(1)). Weed identification tool for African weeds of rice A new interactive tool can now identify nearly 200 different weed species of lowland rice in East and West Africa. Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) recently unveiled this tool built on a

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