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CSB Seminar Series – Taming the cereal killer Striga – Prof Steven Runo (Kenyatta University)

December 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Taming the cereal killer – Striga

Prof Steven Runo
Senior Lecturer
Kenyatta University

Parasitic plants of the Striga genus (witchweeds) greatly limit production of staple cereals in sub-Saharan Africa. The parasite attaches to host crops and siphons nutrients leading to severe retardation and death of infected plants. The most efficient and cost-effective way to control Striga infestations would be to develop crops that are resistant to Striga. But, it has recently emerged that Striga – just like other plant pathogens – is a powerful manipulator of host defense mechanisms. Using molecular genetics, genomics and resistance evaluation, we aim to understand the mechanisms of how sorghum, a Striga host host perceives, responds, and resists Striga parasitism. We are also investigating how Striga manages to evade sorghum’s immune surveillance. Our ultimate goal is to discover means to improve sorghum’s resistance and reduce Striga virulence in a way that would allow development of varieties that have broad-spectrum and durable resistance against the parasite.

HOST: Shelley Lumba

Zoom ID and passcode:

https://utoronto.zoom.us/j/87447422547

Meeting ID: 874 4742 2547

Passcode: 050579

Details

Date:
December 3
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Category:

Venue

Virtual