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A Race Against Time

A CAFNR researcher searches for answers to a spreading threat, uses CAFNR Joy of Discovery Seed Grant Program to secure NIFA funding

Phelipanche aegyptiaca, a parasitic plant commonly known as Egyptian broomrape, has been wreaking havoc on farmers’ crops in Africa and Mediterranean Europe since the ‘90s, and, in 2014, it found its way to the United States when it was discovered in a crop of tomato plants in northern California. The plant is difficult to detect and eradicate once it takes…