ZEROPARASITIC: Innovative sustainable solutions for broomrapes

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

 

Prevention and integrated pest management approaches to overcome parasitism in Mediterranean cropping systems.

Nine partners from the North and South of the Mediterranean are working to find innovative sustainable solutions for broomrapes. The project 'ZEROPARASITIC: Innovative sustainable solutions for broomrapes: prevention and integrated pest management approaches to overcome parasitism in Mediterranean cropping systems' is a PRIMA project with the partner from Malta being EPSILON Malta, partly funded by the Malta Council for Science and Technology.

Broomrapes are holoparasitic weeds that cause significant yield and quality losses in many important crops and affect peoples' livelihoods in many countries worldwide, including the Mediterranean region. Yield losses range from 5% to 100% depending on host susceptibility, level of infestation and environmental conditions. For example, grain legumes are the primary source of protein in the Near East and North Africa, and people's ability to rely on these crops to provide food security is severely threatened by broomrape's infestation. In addition, many countries that were once exporters of food legumes and vegetables have been forced to become net importers of these commodities to meet local demand due to broomrape infestation.

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