Progress on management of parasitic weeds.
The geographical distribution, host plants, life cycle, agricultural significance and control of parasitic weeds belonging to the families Orobanchaceae (Orobanche sp.) and Scrophulariaceae (Striga sp.) are discussed. Indigenous practices for the control of such weeds including transplanting, crop rotation with trap and catch crops, intercropping and fallowing are described. Progress in the chemical, biological and integrated control of parasitic weeds as well as prospects for the management of these weeds are presented.