Sphinx molecule to rescue African farmers from witchweed

18th December 2018

An interdisciplinary team led by researchers at Nagoya University has discovered a highly potent and selective molecule, SPL7, that can lead seeds of the noxious parasitic weed Striga to suicide germination. Striga, also known as witchweed, has seriously affected millions of hectares of crop fields in Africa and poses a major threat to food security. Nevertheless, an effective method to control Striga infestation remains a challenge.