Companion Cropping to Manage Parasitic Plants


Parasitic plants, through a range of infestation strategies, can attack crop plants and thereby require management. Because such problems often occur in resource-poor farming systems, companion cropping to manage parasitic plants is an appropriate approach. Many examples of companion cropping for this purpose have been reported, but the use of cattle forage legumes in the genus Desmodium as intercrops has been shown to be particularly successful in controlling the parasitic witchweeds (Striga spp.) that afflict approximately one quarter of subSaharan African cereal production. Through the use of this example, the development of effective companion crops is described, together with developments toward widespread adoption and understanding the underlying mechanisms, both for sustainability and ensuring food security, and also for exploitation beyond the cropping systems described here.
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A., P & A., P (2024). Companion Cropping to Manage Parasitic Plants. Afribary. Retrieved from

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A., Pickett and Pickett A. "Companion Cropping to Manage Parasitic Plants" Afribary. Afribary, 10 Mar. 2024, Accessed 26 May. 2024.


A., Pickett, Pickett A. . "Companion Cropping to Manage Parasitic Plants". Afribary, Afribary, 10 Mar. 2024. Web. 26 May. 2024. < >.


A., Pickett and A., Pickett . "Companion Cropping to Manage Parasitic Plants" Afribary (2024). Accessed May 26, 2024.