Physiology, effects, and genomics of Striga
Shirasu, Ken Plant Immunity Research Group, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, Yokohama, Japan.
Mutuku, Josiah Musembi Plant Immunity Research Group, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, Yokohama, Japan.
Spallek, Thomas Plant Immunity Research Group, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, Yokohama, Japan.
- Striga life cycle
- Striga infestations
- Striga control
- Elucidation of Striga resistance
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
Parasitic plants of the genus Striga (witchweed) in the family Orobanchaceae afflict a considerable variety of other plant species, including a number of critical cereal crops. The most economically important Striga species include S. hermonthica, S. asiatica, S. gesnerioides, and S. aspera. It is thought that S. hermonthica, the most problematic Striga species, originated in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan and Ethiopia, and then spread to many parts of Africa, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia. The most widespread Striga species is S. asiatica, which is found in Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Asia, and the United States. Striga gesnerioides is widespread in Africa and also has been reported in the United States. Other Striga species of lesser economic importance include S. angustifolia, S. aspera, and S. forbesii.
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