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Farmers Field Day in Kyela, Tanzania on 13 June 2015

As part of the PhD project of Dennis Tippe, participatory field trials on acceptable technologies against the parasitic weeds of rice are being conducted in Kyela, Tanzania. It was a continuation of the technology evaluation and selection done by farmers on Striga asiatica and Rhamphicarpa fistulosa management during 2012, 2013 and 2014. Rice farmers from the two villages of Kilasilo

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PhD graduation Josey Kamanda

On Wednesday 8 July 2015, PARASITE postdoc Josey  Kamanda successfully defended his PhD work at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. The thesis, supervised by Prof. Dr. Regina Birner, examined the dilemma faced by international agricultural research centres under the CGIAR in defining their functional boundaries. Josey graduated with the highest grade (1.0 – Sehr Gut [very good]). Summary

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Stella Kabiri awarded best-poster-award EWRS

During the recent EWRS (European Weed Research Society)-symposium on ‘Weed Management in Changing Environments’ held in SupAgro, Montpellier, France, from 23-26 June 2015, Stella Kabiri was awarded the prestigious best-poster-award. The title of her poster was: ‘Exploring the life-history strategy of the facultative root parasitic weed Rhamphicarpa fistulosa’. In her poster, co-authored by Aad van Ast, Jonne Rodenburg and Lammert

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New publication: Participatory appraisal of institutional and political constraints and opportunities for innovation to address parasitic weeds in rice

Our most recent paper is published with Crop Protection. The paper explores the institutional and political dimensions of parasitic weeds in rice in Tanzania and Benin. Key lessons learned include: Institutional and political dimensions of parasitic weed problems are underexposed Constraints are often embedded in broader crop protection and agricultural systems Examples include: access to credit, high quality inputs, information and training Stakeholder

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Lunch seminar Josey Kamanda

On Thursday 26 February 2015 he gave a lunch seminar at the Knowledge Technology and Innovation (KTI) Group. In his presentation, Josey talked about his PhD work as well as the PARASITE project. He gave a introduction on the challenges posed by parasitic weeds and how the Parasite programme aims to address them. He also spoke about the objectives of

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New publication: Rhamphicarpa; a parasitic weed threatening rice in Africa

Jonne Rodenburg and Lammert Bastiaans published a review paper entitled: “Rhamphicarpa fistulosa, a widespread facultative hemi-parasitic weed, threatening rice production in Africa” in Weed Research. Abstract Rhamphicarpa fistulosa is a facultative hemi-parasitic plant of the Orobanchaceae family, adapted to wet soils. Apart from tropical Australia, it is only found in sub-Saharan Africa, where it is considered a minor weed in cereal crops such

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PhD defence Simon N’cho

On Monday 1 December 2014 Simon N'cho defends his PhD-thesis entitled: "Socio-economic impacts and determinants of parasitic weed infestation in rainfed rice systems of sub-Saharan Africa". The defence starts at 16hr and will be held at the Auditorium, building number 362 at the Generaal Foulkesweg 1, 6703 BG in Wageningen. Summary Rice is the world’s most important food crop in terms of the area harvested

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New paper: Can Striga and Rhamphicarpa co-occur in rain-fed rice?

Stella Kabiri's first paper has been published in Weed Research. The paper describes how Striga asiatica and Rhamphicarpa fistulosa are parasitic weeds of rain-fed rice that are partly distributed in similar regions in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).  Particularly in Tanzania, these two parasites are present in farmers’ fields in the same rice growing landscape. The paper demonstrates a non-overlapping ecological range between the habitats of these two weeds that is dependent

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New paper: NERICA rice cultivars and their resistance to Striga

Please find attached a new paper on parasitic weeds published in Field Crops Research. The online link is: http://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S0378429014002883 Summary The parasitic weeds Striga asiatica and Striga hermonthica cause high yield losses in rain-fed upland rice in Africa. Two resistance classes (pre- and post-attachment) and several resistant genotypes have been identified among NERICA (New Rice for Africa) cultivars under laboratory conditions (in vitro) previously. However, little

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Parasite PhD Team at 50 Years WOTRO

Parasite PhD students Stella Kabiri, Dennis Tippe and Simon N’cho joined in the celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of WOTRO Science for Global Development. The theme of the conference WOTRO 50 Years was – Forward Thinking. The conference took place on Wednesday 15 October in the Museum for Communication at The Hague. In particular, the conference focused on the

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