Plant of the Month - September - Striga

1st September, 2020

Artist 

Libby Walker is an illustrator and maker based in Glasgow.
https://libbywalker.co.uk/

Why did we pick it?

Striga is a devastating parasitic weed that attacks food crops in sub-Saharan Africa such as rice, sorghum and millet. It affects 40% of Africa's arable savanna region, and is a major cause of food insecurity and poverty. Tackling the plant health problems experienced by rural susbistence farmers requires an extra level of local collaboration and ingenuity, to ensure that solutions are locally appropriate and meet the needs of these communities.

Striga extras

Resistance to Striga hermonthica in a maize inbred line derived from Zea diploperennis
www.bbsrc.ac.uk/links/dx-doi-10-1111-j-1469-8137-2007-02355-x

Variation for host range within and among populations of the parasitic plant Striga hermonthica
www.bbsrc.ac.uk/links/dx-doi-10-1038-hdy-2011-52

Combining ability of maize inbred lines containing genes from Zea diploperennis for resistance to Striga hermonthica Del. Benth
www.bbsrc.ac.uk/links/dx-doi-org-10-1111-j-1439-0523-2008-01583-x

New Rice for Africa NERICA cultivars exhibit different levels of post-attachment resistance against the parasitic weeds Striga hermonthica and S. asiatica
www.bbsrc.ac.uk/links/dx-doi-10-1111-j-1469-8137-2011-03846-x