Eradicating Cuscuta Invasive Killer Weeds for Environmental Sustainability

Africa Journal of Technical and Vocational Education and Training

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Title Eradicating Cuscuta Invasive Killer Weeds for Environmental Sustainability
 
Creator Mburia, Lydia Nyawira
 
Description Cuscuta also referred to as (dodder) belongs to a genus of more than 200 species of obligate aerial parasitic plants in the morning glory family Convolvulaceae. Cuscuta is an invasive killer weed which adversely affects fruit set, and yields and it robs all food from another organism's through its parasitic nature. The organism that is being robbed of its food supply is called the host. Cuscuta invasive killer weed strangles the host plant and is also implicated in the transmission of certain plant bacterial and viral diseases. It is ferociously troublesome where it is sown as a seed contaminant. It is worth noting that, Cuscuta invasive killer weeds is a true vegetal vampire due to its fine stems that stick to its victims hence creating a stranglehold by literally sucking the sap until it kills the plant host. Parasitic plant in particular the Cuscuta weeds, have been described as keystone species by environmentalists. The research objective of this study was to eradicate Cuscuta invasive killer weeds for environmental sustainability. The researcher embarked on a quest on how to get rid of dodder for the small, medium and large scale crop growers and engaged stakeholders such as KEFRI, KEPHIS, and NEMA in developing environmentally friendly mechanisms to exterminate the Cuscuta. Cultural, physical/mechanical biological means of exterminating Cuscuta invasive killer weeds are considered environmentally safe and friendly. Farmers are advised to hand uproot scattered Cuscuta invasive killer weeds.
 
Publisher Rift Valley Technical Training Institute
 
Date 2021-02-14
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
 
Identifier https://afritvet.org/index.php/Afritvet/article/view/133
 
Source Africa Journal of Technical and Vocational Education and Training; Vol 6 No 1 (2021): Safeguarding Sustainability Gains in TVET and Covid-19 Issues: Trends, Prospects and Challenges; 181-188
2518-2722
2413-984X
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Africa Journal of Technical and Vocational Education and Training
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0
 

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