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Publication: Towards dynamic research configurations

Marc Schut, Annemarie van Paassen, Cees Leeuwis and Laurens Klerkx have published a paper entitled "Towards dynamic research configurations: A framework for reflection on the contribution of research to policy and innovation processes." The conceptual paper builds on Marc's PhD research and postdoc research in the Parasite Programme and analyses the complex role of research and researchers when supporting mulit-actor

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First round of fieldwork postdoc project Benin

Between 17 and 31 July 2013, Léonard Cossi Hinnou (INRAB) and Marc Schut (WUR) conducted fieldwork in Benin. Based on the earlier work of our PhD-candidate Simon N’cho, three field sites were selected: Dassa-Zoumé Commune (Collines Department), Kandi Commune (Alibori Department) and Tanguiéta Commune (Atakora Department). In these three field sites, parasitic weeds in rainfed rice production are problematic. Key

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2nd Prize for Stella Kabiri in the Africa-wide women and young professionals science competition

Stella Kabiri participated in the 6th African Agricultural Science week and Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) held between 15 and 20 July, in Accra, Ghana. She formed part of the finals of the 3rd Africa-wide women and young professionals science competition. After two rounds of competition, Stella received an invitation to present her paper on: “Landscape scale management

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Parasite Programme presentations during the World Congress on Parasitic Plants, Sheffield, UK

Between 16 and 19 July 2013, the 12th World Congress on Parasitic Plants was held in Sheffield, UK. The congress brought together scientists representing a wide spectrum of disciplines, research approaches, and geographical representation of parasitic plant research. Our Parasite Programme was well represented during the congress. Jonne Rodenburg gave 5 minute plenary oral presentation on a poster of PhD-project 1 entitled: “Ecological niche differences

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Wikipedia page Rhamphicarpa fistulosa

Jonne Rodenburg started a Wikipedia page on Rhamphicarpa fistulosa. Rhamphicarpa forms an increasing threat to food and income security in Sub-Saharan Africa and is found in rice production systems in several SSA countries. More information on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhamphicarpa_fistulosa. If you want to contribute to the further development of the Wiki page, please contact Jonne Rodenburg.

European Weed Research Society Symposium, Turkey

Lammert Bastiaans will represent the Parasite programme during the 16th symposium of the European Weed Research Society. The Symposium will be held between 24 and 27 June 2013 in Samsun, Turkey. An abstract has been accepted for poster presentation. Both have been uploaded on the Parasite website. For more information, please visit: www.ewrs2013.org.

MSc-thesis presentation Stefanie Pflug

On 29 May 2013, Stefanie Pflug presented the results of her research conducted at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. In her experiments she studied the interaction between the parasitic weed Rhamphicarpa fistulosa and its host rice (Oryza sativa). The research focussed on two aspects of the host-parasite interaction: 1) The influence of host plant size, developmental stage and parasite size on growth of both

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Willingness of farmers to adopt rice intercrops in Uganda

Stella Kabiri has co-authored a publication that analyses the willingness of farmers to adopt rice intercrops in the Lake Victoria Crescent Agro-ecological Zone of Uganda. Paper summary In Uganda we found that upland rice farmers spent more time cultivating rice, an income crop that is labour intensive, at the expense of other food security crops. The problem was that when rice failed

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Week of Agricultural Innovation in Africa

Between 27 and 31 May 2013, Marc Schut and Laurens Klerkx participated in various activities during the Week of Agricultural Innovation in Africa (WAIA). The various activities were held in and around Nairobi, Kenya. Innovation Platform Writeshop During the first part of the week, we participated in a writeshop (e.g. http://www.mamud.com/writeshop.htm) on Innovation Platforms organised by the International Livestock Research

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Rhamphicarpa in Uganda

Together with Prof. Julie Scholes, of the University of Sheffield, Jonne Rodenburg and Mamadou Cissoko visited Uganda to select a field site for the DFID, BBSRC and Bill & Melinda Gates funded STRIGA project and to discuss with farmers and partners from Makerere University and Africa2000. On our field trip we observed Striga infested rice in the uplands and, unexpectedly

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