The book ‘Parasitic Weeds-Biology and Management’ contains a unique review of the present status of research on parasitic weeds Cuscuta, Striga, Orobanche, Mistletoe and their medicinal importance. This book was written in response to significant recent advances in understanding the problems of these parasitic weeds, their biology, management strategies and utilization as medicinal plants. It consists of contributions by well recognized leading weed scientists. The book chapters are grouped into Introduction, Field Dodder (Cuscuta spp.), Witch Weed (Striga spp.), Broomrape (Orobanche spp.), Mistletoes-The Tree Parasites) and Medicinal Uses of Parasitic Weeds. The book 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 biology and ecology, problem posed by these weedy parasites; and detailed discussion of the various management strategies, including agronomic, chemical and biological approaches, as well as utilization. It is anticipated that that this book not only acts as a text for the students, but also as an exhaustive reference source for researchers, teachers, extension workers, and all those interested in managing these weedy parasites.
2014, 120P., col. plts., 25cm