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Date: 
2016-2018
Activity: 

Research on push-pull, a novel cropping system utilizing two companion plants has potential to provide striga, stem borer, and aflatoxin control. One group of companion plants attracts the stem borer and another group of companion plants repels it. The repellent companion plant also controls striga and increases the soil fertility. Maize which grows in the push-pull system has significantly less aflatoxin. Reserach investigates the co-relation of stem borer attacks and companion plants on aflatoxin in the soil.

Partners: 

International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya and Rothamsted Research, United Kingdom

Funders: 

McKnight foundation, European Union, World Food Programme

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