Summary postdoc seminar 25 May 2012

On Friday 25 May 2012 Marc Schut organised a seminar about the postdoc research in the postdoc research. The seminar started at 13:00 hr and after the introduction, guest speaker Stephen Sherwood talked about different paradigms in crop protection in his presentation entitled: “Working with conflicting paradigms in IPM; experiences from the Andes”. After a short debate, Lammert Bastiaans continued

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Rhamphicarpa, a growing problem

Please check out this article in Plant Life, news letter on plant sciences of Wageningen UR in which Lammert Bastiaans sheds his light on the growing problems of Rhamphicarpa in different parts of Africa. A major parasitic plant that is thriving in relatively humid low-lying countries in Africa is Rhamphicarpa fistulosa. Rhamphicarpa fistulosa is at home in boggy fields where it finds

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Special issue on parasitic weeds in Weed Science

Weed Science has recently published a special issue on parasitic weeds. The papers are: Aly, R., 2012. Advanced Technologies for Parasitic Weed Control. Weed Sci. 60, 290-294. Eizenberg, H., Aly, R., Cohen, Y., 2012. Technologies for Smart Chemical Control of Broomrape (Orobanche spp. and Phelipanche spp.). Weed Sci. 60, 316-323. Mallory-Smith, C., Colquhoun, J., 2012. Small Broomrape (Orobanche minor) in Oregon

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Weedsbook: a social network for weed science students and professionals

Weedsbook is an open-access collaborative platform that enables students and professionals, to share information and publications on weeds (e.g. management, identification, biology, ecology, distribution) and any other relevant issues (e.g. events, funding opportunities, scholarships, conferences, workshops), with a broad community of peers working in and/or for Africa. While membership  to Weedsbook is free of charge and obligations, it enables access

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MSc-research Djoeke Langeloo

I am studying the reproductive success of Striga asiatica and Rhamphicarpa fistulosa related to different sowing dates and crop cycle length. So I am looking if the number of capsules and the number of seeds produced by the weeds will change with a different sowing date of the rice (sown between half December 2011 and half February 2012) and/or with different crop

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The new website of the Parasite project is now live!

Today the new website of the Parasite project has gone live! Please carefully check the pages of your subproject and your personal information under 'project members'. In the coming days we hope to further add and complete missing information. Changes, comments and updates Changes, upcoming events, new publications and additional information for the website can be send to Marc Schut. Please

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Postdoc Marc Schut defended PhD-thesis

On 20 April 2012,  Marc Schut – the postdoctoral researcher in the Parasite project – succesfully defended his PhD-research entitled: "Who cares about research?! A study on the role of research in policy processes in competing claims contexts." The thesis consists on 6 research papers of which 4 have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Online available chapters as published

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New paper in Agricultural Systems with contributions of Matty Demont and Jonne Rodenburg

Improving irrigated rice production in the Senegal River Valley through experiential learning and innovation By: Timothy J. Krupnik, Carol Shennan, William H. Settle, Matty Demont, Alassane B. Ndiaye, Jonne Rodenburg More information at: Abstract: Research facilitating farmer–researcher collaboration and experiential learning may provide the missing element to tailor crop management recommendations to meet farmers’ needs. We tested different crop

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Working hard to get the website up-to-date

Hard work is being done to get the website 'live'. We are still waiting for and processing additional information to get all the subpages updated. For more information please mail to:

Africa-wide task forces set up to accelerate delivery of rice technologies

National and international rice experts in Africa have joined forces to set up continent-wide task forces on critical thematic areas in the rice sector to stimulate the delivery of improved technologies. Focusing on five themes – (1) breeding; (2) agronomy; (3) postharvest & value addition; (4) policy; and (5) gender – the Africa rice task forces aim to provide synergy

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