Plant Breeding (2021) 140, 195-210

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Abdoul-Madjidou Yacoubou, Nouhoun Zoumarou Wallis, Abebe Menkir, Valerien A. Zinsou, Alexis Onzo, Ana Luísa Garcia-Oliveira, Silvestro Meseka, Mengesha Wende, Melaku Gedil and Paterne Agre (2021)
Breeding maize (Zea mays) for Striga resistance: Past, current and prospects in sub-saharan Africa
Plant Breeding 140 (2), 195-210
Abstract: Striga hermonthica, causes up to 100% yield loss in maize production in Sub-Saharan Africa. Developing Striga-resistant maize cultivars could be a major component of integrated Striga management strategies. This paper presents a comprehensive overview of maize breeding activities related to Striga resistance and its management. Scientific surveys have revealed that conventional breeding strategies have been used more than molecular breeding strategies in maize improvement for Striga resistance. Striga resistance genes are still under study in the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) maize breeding programme. There is also a need to discover QTL and molecular markers associated with such genes to improve Striga resistance in maize. Marker Assistance Breeding is expected to increase maize breeding efficiency with complex traits such as resistance towards Striga because of the complex nature of the host-parasite relationship and its intersection with other environmental factors. Conventional alongside molecular tools and technical controls are promising methods to effectively assess Striga in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Database assignments for author(s): Alexis Onzo

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
resistance/tolerance/defence of host


Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.
Striga hermonthica (weed) Maize/corn (Zea mays) Benin
Striga hermonthica (weed) Maize/corn (Zea mays) Niger
Striga hermonthica (weed) Maize/corn (Zea mays) Nigeria
Striga hermonthica (weed) Maize/corn (Zea mays) Togo