Parasitic Orobanchaceae

Parasitic Mechanisms and Control Strategies

  • Daniel M. Joel
  • Jonathan Gressel
  • Lytton J. Musselman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Henning S. Heide-Jørgensen
    Pages 1-18
  3. The Orobanchaceae and Their Parasitic Mechanisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Pradeepa C. G. Bandaranayake, John I. Yoder
      Pages 61-74
    3. Alejandro Pérez-de-Luque
      Pages 75-86
    4. Michael P. Timko, Julie D. Scholes
      Pages 115-141
    5. Daniel M. Joel, Hilla Bar
      Pages 147-165
    6. Koichi Yoneyama, Carolien Ruyter-Spira, Harro Bouwmeester
      Pages 167-194
    7. Alistair J. Murdoch, Ermias Kebreab
      Pages 195-219
    8. Susann Wicke
      Pages 267-286
  4. The Weedy Orobanchaceae and Their Control

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 307-307
    2. Jonathan Gressel, Daniel M. Joel
      Pages 309-312
    3. Chris Parker
      Pages 313-344
    4. Jane Prider, Kathy Ophel Keller, Alan McKay
      Pages 357-368
    5. Begoña Pérez-Vich, Leonardo Velasco, Patrick J. Rich, Gebisa Ejeta
      Pages 369-391
    6. Yaakov Goldwasser, Jonne Rodenburg
      Pages 393-413
    7. Hanan Eizenberg, Joseph Hershenhorn, Jhonathan H. Ephrath, Fred Kanampiu
      Pages 415-432
    8. John A. Pickett, Antony M. Hooper, Charles A. O. Midega, Zeyaur R. Khan
      Pages 459-467
    9. Alan K. Watson
      Pages 469-497
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 499-513

About this book


This book was written in response to significant recent advances in understanding the mechanisms of parasitism in the Orobanchaceae, and breakthroughs in the control of the parasitic weeds Striga and Orobanche. It consists of 26 contributions by internationally recognized leading scientists. The main book chapters are grouped into two parts:

·       Part I – The Orobanchaceae and Their Parasitic Mechanisms

·       Part II – The Weedy Orobanchaceae and Their Control

The first part provides cutting-edge information on all key aspects of plant parasitism, such as the structure, development and function of the haustorium; nutrient transfer and the physiology of the parasite-host association; host reaction to parasitic plants; seed production and germination; the strigolactones and host-parasite signaling mechanisms; the parasite genome, phylogenetics, evolution and epigenetics; and ecology. Topics of the second part include: the problem posed by the weedy parasites; population diversity and dynamics; molecular diagnosis of seed banks; and detailed discussion of the various management strategies, including agronomic, chemical and biotechnological approaches, as well as host breeding for resistance, allelopathy and biological control.


This book is intended for plant scientists, university lecturers and students, agronomists and weed specialists, breeders and farmers, extension personnel and experts in tropical and subtropical agriculture.


Agronomic management Biocontrol Chemical control Root parasites Weed

Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel M. Joel
    • 1
  • Jonathan Gressel
    • 2
  • Lytton J. Musselman
    • 3
  1. 1.Agricultural Research OrganizationNewe-Ya'ar Research CenterRamat-YishayIsrael
  2. 2.Plant SciencesWeizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael
  3. 3.Department of Biological SciencesOld Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA

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