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MSc-thesis defence Luuk van Dijk

On 29 September 2014, Luuk van Dijk defended his MSc-thesis research entitled: "Influence of parasitic weeds on rice-weed competition". Luuk was supervised by Lammert Bastiaans and Aad van Ast. Niels Anten was the external examiner of the thesis. Luuk's presentation can be found here. Thesis abstract Over the last decades rice (Oryza spp) became more important as a staple food crop

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APPLY NOW for the Global Rice Science Scholarship

APPLY NOW for the Global Rice Science Scholarship If you are about to enroll in or conduct your PhD research, you could be part of a new generation of rice scientists with a Global Rice Science Scholarship (GRiSS). The GRiSS offers young scientists the chance to be experts in a scientific discipline relevant to agriculture and to have a broader

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Blog on Parasitic Weeds: “Unknown rice parasite threatens harvests in Africa”

Few agronomists are familiar with Rhamphicarpa fistulosa, a fragile weed with white flowers, from the broomrape family. Yet this root parasite is increasingly affecting rice cultivation in Africa. This has become clear from the initial results of the research programme PARASITE on parasitic weeds in rice in sub-Saharan Africa. The rice pest was described by the Beninese agronomist Gualbert Gbèhounou

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New publication: Determinants of parasitic weed infestation in rainfed lowland rice in Benin

Simon N'cho and his team have published a research article entitled: "Determinants of parasitic weed infestation in rainfed lowland rice in Benin" in Agricultural systems. This paper explores factors that affect the infestation of rainfed lowland rice fields by the parasitic weed Rhamphicarpa fistulosa and farmers’ ability to cope with the problem. A double hurdle model is used, which analyses

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Presentation Jonne Rodenburg at Tropenzentrum, University of Hohenheim

In the evening of Monday 7 July 2014, Jonne Rodenburg had a talk on “Multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder approaches in crop protection – the case of parasitic weeds in rainfed rice systems in Africa” as part of the seminar series “Tropenzentrum Invites” of the Centre for Agriculture in the Tropics and Subtropics, University of Hohenheim. Tropenzentrum – wants to promote development

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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: http://www.cabi.org/isc/datasheet/119715.

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".

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