Seed treatment and acetolactate synthase herbicide tolerance traits for managing witchweed (Striga spp.) infestations in sorghum
Weed management is one of the most important considerations impacting sorghum production today. In Africa, witchweed (Striga spp.) infestations are a growing menace for cereal crop producers across the continent. One new and very promising Striga management technology involves use of herbicide tolerance traits for managing this weed. Low-dose imazapyr or metsulfuron seed coatings applied to herbicide tolerant varieties have been shown to be highly effective in controlling Striga infestation in field and greenhouse trials. Locally-adapted varieties that couple host-plant resistance to Striga with herbicide seed treatments are being developed to identify the combination of traits that maximizes the efficacy of control.