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close this bookAbstracts on Sustainable Agriculture (GTZ; 1992; 423 pages)
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View the document1. Designing integrated pest management for sustainable and productive futures.
View the document2. Biotechnology's bitter harvest: herbicide-tolerant crops and the threat to sustainable agriculture.
View the document3. Chemistry, agriculture and the environment.
View the document4. Mise au point de techniques appropriées de lir qui seront utilisés par les petits agriculteurs traditionnels d'Afrique tropicale.(developing appropriate ipm technology for the traditional small-scale farmer in tropical Africa).
View the document5. Biological control in developing countries: towards its wider application in sustainable pest management.
View the document6. Transforming plants as a means of crop protection against insects.
View the document7. Utilization of va-mycorrhiza as a factor in integrated plant protection.
View the document8. Activity of four plant leaf extracts against three fungal pathogens of rice.
View the document9. A useful approach to the biocontrol of cassava pathogens.
View the document10. Evaluation of the biological activity of flax as a trap crop against orobanche parasitism of vicia faba.
View the document11. Insect pest management.
View the document12. Economic contributions of pest management to agricultural development.
View the document13. The effects of intercropping and mixed varieties of predators and parasitoids of cassava whiteflies (hemiptera: aleyrodidae) in Colombia.
View the document14. Prospects for traditional and cultural practices in integrated pest management of some root crop diseases in rivers state, Nigeria.
View the document15. Studies on cowpea farming practices in nigeria, with emphasis on insect pest control.
View the document16. Effect of various fertilizers and rates on insect pest/pearl millet relationship in Senegal.
View the document17. Insect pests of intercrops and their potential to infest oil palm in an oil-palm-based agroforestry system in India.
View the document18. Using weather data to forecast insect pest outbreaks.
View the document19. Insect pest management and socio-economic circumstances of small-scale farmers for food crop production in western Kenya: a case study.
View the document20. Rodent communities associated with three traditional agroecosystems in the San Luis potosi plateau, Mexico.
View the document21. Grain storage losses in Zimbabwe.
View the document22. Controlling weeds without chemicals.
View the document23. Weed management in agroecosystems: ecological approaches.
View the document24. Manual on the prevention of post-harvest grain losses.
View the document25. Evaluation of efficient weed management systems in pigeonpea (cajanus cajan l.)
View the document26. Weed management in a low-input cropping system in the Peruvian Amazon region.
View the document27. Poblaciones, biomasa y banco de semillas de arvenses en cultivos de maiz zea mays l. Y frijol phaseolus vulgaris l. Efecto de m+todos de control y rotaciones. (Weed population, biomass, and seed bank in maize and bean crops. Effects of control methods and crop rotations).
View the document28. Effects of groundnut, cowpea and melon on weed control and yields of intercropped cassava and maize.
View the document29. Intercropping and weeding: effects on some natural enemies of African bollworm, heliothis armigera (hbn.) (lep., Noctuidae), in bean fields.
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10. Evaluation of the biological activity of flax as a trap crop against orobanche parasitism of vicia faba.

Trop. Agric. (Trinidad), 69, 1, 1992, pp. 35-38

The objective of the present work was to study the efficiency of flax as a trap crop in reducing Orobanche infestation on Vicia faba and the growth stages at which the stimulating germination factor was found in flax.

Crop species which stimulate germination in the seeds of parasitic plants, but are not themselves parasitized, are known as trap crops. In this respect, many investigations have reported that flax, a non-host, is regarded as a crop well suited for the control of Orobanche parasitism under field conditions because it is capable of including the seeds of Orobanche spp. to germinate, without itself being parasitized.

Three Orobanche species, O. crenata, O. ramosa and O. aegytiaca, failed to infect flax roots (Linum usitatissimum) at 30, 45 and 60 days from sowing, but heavy infection was observed with O. crenata on faba bean roots (Vicia faba) at 45 and 60 days from sowing. Flax seed exudates markedly induced the germination of O. crenata and O. ramosa in vitro; germination in O. crenata was much higher (75%) than in O. ramosa (16.6%).

The present work indicates that a stimulant exists in the flax crop non-host at the germination stage only (the first eight days after sowing). Flax roots free of infection by the three Orobanche spp. (O. crenata, O. ramosa and O. aegyptiaca) might be associated with the absence of the active material during the later course of the plant development, or with its fibre root anatomy.

The important views emerging from the present study are that the flax germination stimulus is formed during metabolic seed germination, and is characterized by possessing a broad spectrum of germination activity on numerous parasitic weeds and/or the flax exudates might contain more than one stimulant which differed in their biological response.

Ultimately, such response might support the view that although the flax plants showed a substantial influence in stimulating different parasitic seeds (Orobanche spp. and Striga spp.) in vitro, the flax plants have limited influence in reducing these parasitic weeds under field conditions, since the flax plants secrete the active material in a very limited period (germination stage).

Concluding, flax plants being used as a trap crop for controlling

Orobanche parasitism on faba bean and other hosts must be considered impractical to a large extent under field conditions, since the flax plant exudate the active material only during the germination period.

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