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Decoding the ‘witch weed’ at Kenyatta University 

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Resource ID

17920

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Contributed by

B.Muralidhar

Topics

Crop improvement, Biotechnology: Genomics, Pests and diseases

Crops

Dryland cereals, Pearl millets, Sorghum, Finger millet

Systems

Farming Systems

Locations

Eastern and Southern Africa, Kenya

Global Date

13/Dec/2019

Title

Decoding the ‘witch weed’ at Kenyatta University

Keywords

Witch Weed, CRP-GLDC, Plant Transformation, Plospathogens, Cereal Killer, Portable Rhizotrons, Kenyatta University

Language

English

New ICRISAT Research Programs

Eastern & Southern Africa Program, Theme: Integrated crop management

Story Partners

Kenyatta University

Author/Key contact

Dr Damaris A Odeny

Story Source

ICRISAT Happenings 1832-5, 13 December 2019

Type

Science

URL/Link

https://www.icrisat.org/decoding-the-witch-weed-at-kenyatta-university/

Description

Team members and partners of the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals (CRP-GLDC) gathered fascinating facts about Striga hermonthica, one of the major parasitic weeds, also called ‘witch weed’, during a recent visit to the Plant Transformation Laboratory at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. The team visited the highly successful research center, housed in the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology of the University, and interacted with Professor Steven Runo and his team. Prof Runo himself referred to Striga hermonthica, a deadly parasite to GLDC cereals (sorghum, finger millet and pearl millet) as a ‘cereal killer’ in a recently published review in PloS Pathogens.

Date (Date published/released/created if known)

13/Dec/2019

CGIAR Research Program

GLDC

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