Combining host plant defence with targeted nutrition: key to durable control of hemiparasitic Striga in cereals in sub-Saharan Africa?

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Mwangangi, I. M., Buchi, L., Haefele, S. M., Bastiaans, L., Runo, S. and Rodenburg, J. 2021. Combining host plant defence with targeted nutrition: key to durable control of hemiparasitic Striga in cereals in sub-Saharan Africa? New Phytologist. 230 (6), pp. 2164-2178. https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.17271

AuthorsMwangangi, I. M., Buchi, L., Haefele, S. M., Bastiaans, L., Runo, S. and Rodenburg, J.
Abstract

Host plant defence mechanisms (resistance and tolerance) and plant nutrition are two of the most widely proposed components for the control of hemiparasitic weeds of the genus Striga in tropical cereal production systems. Neither of the two components alone is effective enough to prevent parasitism and concomitant crop losses. This review explores the potential of improved plant nutrition, being the chemical constituent of soil fertility, to fortify the expression of plant inherent resistance and tolerance against Striga. Beyond reviewing advances in parasitic plant research, we assess relevant insights from phytopathology and plant physiology in the broader sense to identify opportunities and knowledge gaps and to develop the way forward regarding research and development of combining genetics and plant nutrition for the durable control of Striga.

Year of Publication2021
JournalNew Phytologist
Journal citation230 (6), pp. 2164-2178
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.17271
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Publisher's version
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online12 Feb 2021
Publication process dates
Accepted07 Feb 2021
PublisherWiley
ISSN0028-646X

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