- Author: Bradley Hanson
One of the largest weed issues affecting the California processing tomato industry is the parasitic plant, branched broomrape (Phelipanche ramosa; Orobanche ramosa)
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From the California Agriculture 75(2):64-73. https://doi.org/10.3733/ca.2021a0012
Branched broomrape (Phelipanche ramosa), a parasitic weed that was the focus of a $1.5 million eradication effort four decades ago in California, has recently re-emerged in tomato fields in several Central Valley counties. Processing tomatoes are important to the California agricultural economy; the state produced over 90% of the 12 million tons of tomatoes grown in...
In a previous article we gave a general background of branched broomrape (Phelipanche ramosa), a parasitic weed which was the focus of a $1.5 million eradication effort four decades ago in California, and now a re-emerging threat to California processing tomato (
Branched broomrape (Phelipanche ramosa), a weedy parasitic plant that can cause devastating damage to many economically important wide range of broadleaf crops including tomato, cabbage, potato, eggplant, carrot, pepper, beans, celery, peanut and sunflower has recently re-emerged in fields in Central Valley counties in California. This weed utilizes a modified root, called haustorium, to fuse into a host plant root and extract nutrients and water which can greatly reduce productivity or even kill the host depending on the level of infestation, susceptibility of the host, and environmental conditions. Tomato is highly susceptible to branched broomrape. In the United States, California accounted for over 90% of the 12...
Processing tomato growers are struggling to contain a potentially devastating parasitic weed that had not been seen since growers waged a successful eradication campaign four decades ago.
Branched broomrape is so...