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Weeds affecting field crops and water bodies in sub-Saharan Africa

Code: 9781838797621
David Chikoye, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Zambia; Friday Ekeleme, Stefan Hauser, Abebe Menkir and Alpha Y. Kamara, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria; Peter Neuenschwander and Obinna Ajuonu, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Bénin; and Hakeem A. Ajeigbe, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Nigeria

Chapter synopsis: In sub-Saharan Africa, weeds are a serious challenge, undermining food security and economic development. Weeds interfere with various human activities. Despite the different classes of weeds based on habitat (terrestrial or aquatic), life cycle (annual or perennial) or morphology (dicots or monocots), they possess common characteristics such as competitiveness, persistence and cause economic losses. This chapter considers integrated management techniques for a range of weeds, including spear grass (Imperata cylindrica), Striga hermonthica and floating aquatic weeds. The chapter examines the role of Chromolaena odorata in the humid tropics and control measures against it, as well as considering weed control in plantain and cassava systems. Finally, the chapter looks ahead to future research trends in this area.

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Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Integrated management of speargrass (Imperata cylindrica) 3 Integrated management of Striga hermonthica 4 Role and control of Chromolaena odorata in the humid tropics 5 Weed control in plantain 6 Weed control in cassava systems 7 Floating aquatic weeds 8 Conclusion and future trends 9 Where to look for further information 10 References

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