About this Research Topic
The most successful chemical control of a parasitic weed utilized ethylene to eradicate Striga asiatica in the United States in the 1980s. Since then, however, damage caused by parasitic weeds is still expanding. At the same time, sophisticated molecules for parasitic weed control have been developed with a deepened knowledge of chemical signaling in plants. In addition to chemical control, biological and biotechnological control is also important for sustainable agriculture and integrated pest management. New techniques, such as small RNAs or genome editing, have opened the way to conquer parasitic weeds. In this Research Topic, we invite contributors working on the development of novel chemicals, biologics, or biotechnologies for parasitic weed control based on the science of parasitic plants.
We welcome the submission of original research and review articles related to parasitic weed (witchweeds, broomrapes, mistletoes, dodders, etc.) control including, but not limited to, the following themes:
• Screening and structure-activity relationship of chemicals
• Screening of biological resources and their effects on parasites
• Characterization of molecules, such as enzymes, as targets for control
• Biotechnological approaches suppressing the invasion or growth of parasites
• Discovery of genes conferring resistance toward parasites
• Field trials of these methods
• Theory or principle
• Ecological studies related to parasitic weed control
Keywords: Parasitic weeds, Chemical control, Biological control, sustainable agriculture, integrated pest management, crops, Parasitic weed control, Biotechnical control
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