Biological Characteristics and Control of Orobanche Crenata Forsk., a Review


Orobanche crenata is a holoparasitic phanerogam which is particularly noxious to legumes, such as faba bean (Vicia faba L.), pea (Pisum sativum L.), chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.), lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.), etc., and commonly considered one of the major causes which has contributed to re-rizing the area designed to their cultivation. After a few brief references on the origin and diffusion of O. crenata, in this work summarises the results of research into biological aspects and control of this species. The information obtained especially concerns seed production, seed viability, seed longevity and dormancy, seed conditioning and germination, parasitism phases, the effects of parasite attacks on host plants and the means of control.


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seed production, seed characteristics, parasitism, damage, means of control, crenate broomrape
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Restuccia, A., Marchese, M., Mauromicale, G., & Restuccia, G. (2009). Biological Characteristics and Control of Orobanche Crenata Forsk., a Review. Italian Journal of Agronomy, 4(1), 53-68.