International Sunflower Association

NEWSLETTER 8, July 2020

This newsletter shows several evolutions for ISA: a new logo and a new website.



Activity and News of the association

  • ISA New logo
  • ISA Board meeting
  • New sponsor
  • ISA launched its new website in May: new design, new functions!
  • 20th International Sunflower Conference

Value chains and regional news

  • Comment on climate conditions and sunflower

Scientific news


Coming International and national events





This newsletter shows several evolutions for ISA: a new logo and a new website. These formal changes reflect the efforts of the ISA to adapt itself to the evolutions of technologies and communication and improve its facilities to enhance interactions between its members, and to better communicate between the International Sunflower Conferences once every four years.

More than facilities, the important point is the concrete life of the association through interactions on sunflower science and cropping practices for which all ISA members may contribute. The sunflower research and development community has a crucial role to play to face much more important changes, and the key challenge of climate evolutions.

Etienne Pilorgé, ISA Secretary



Activity and News of the association


ISA New logo

As shown on the front page, ISA changed its logo, chosen by the Executive Board among a series of possibilities offered by the designer of Terres Inovia, Nathalie HAREL.

See Images on PdF File.  

The new logo keeps with a new design the traditional sunflower and globe, which accompany the destinies of ISA since the beginnings in the 1970ies. We hope that the cooler colors will bring positive ideas on sunflower in these risky times of dry and hot conditions coming with climate change. Changing a logo is certainly easier than adapting a crop to changing conditions but let us consider it as a beginning.


ISA Board Meeting

Due to the Covid19 crisis, the ISA General Assembly which is organized at the time of the International Sunflower Conference, gathering all ISA members, had to be postponed to June 2021.

Nevertheless, the ISA Executive Board held its meeting online, in good conditions, on June 17th, at a time slot permitting all regions of the world to participate… late in the night for China and soon in the morning for Americas. This 4-hour online session has been a very positive test, demonstrating the possibility of more frequent interactions even if unformal exchanges are missing.

The classical topics have been examined by the board: past and future activities, evolution of membership, finances and adoption of budget… and the consequences of the Covid19 crisis.

These consequences are several:

  • Since the Executive Board is appointed by the General Assembly, its present composition had to be extended until 2021.
  • Then, the postponement of the 20th ISC to 2021 was questioning the dates of the next events: two important decisions have been taken: the 21st ISC will be maintained in 2024, as initially scheduled, and the next Orobanche Symposium in 2022.

The reflection went on the potential new topics for reinforced exchanges, partially through the new website: a short list of topics will be established and proposed to ISA members (new ideas remain welcome…).


New sponsor  

KWS company joined ISA as a new sponsor through its Hungarian branch.

See Logo on Pdf file.


ISA launched its new website in May: new design, new functions!

The International Sunflower Association launched its new website in May.

Through this investment, ISA goes on ensuring the traditional services of its website, notably scientific bibliography resources on sunflower and newsletters, and wishes to improve easiness and add new functionalities. The target is to favor easier interactions between the users of the website - ISA members… or not yet members- and ISA, and between the members themselves: this new website offers workspaces for new thematic working groups. It also allows to directly modify one’s personal page and to pay membership online with a credit card secured system. At last, this new design better highlight the sponsors of ISA to encourage the involvement of different countries and sub-sectors of the sunflower value chain.

At the same time, we refreshed the LinkedIn page of ISA.

Our webmaster Laetitia Devedeux prepared of notice to make the best use of the main novelties and give some tips and tricks.


  • Click on the "Refresh arrow" to refresh the page… especially if you begin your visit as an external visitor and log in in a second time (if not, menus accessible to members only might not appear).
  • Click on the "Green square with white lines" to access the menu.
  • In order to use properly the SEARCH BOX, please follow the next instructions:
  1. * Type the word or phrase you are searching for in "search box"
  2. * Once on the results pages, press "Ctrl+F"
  3. * Then type the word or phrase you are searching for in the white rectangle bottom left


We report here the novelties:


Member’s profile

Now possible online modifications of your profile information: upload new cv, new photo, identification of your centers of interest, activity...

We advise ISA members to check and correct their profile and pay a special attention in expressing their fields of interest (several choices possible): it will favor easier interactions within the ISA community, notably to look for projects partners or organize working groups.

The information that appear on one’s profile will be open to all, members and non-members, except for the detailed CV that will be available only for members.

Annual membership fees may now be paid online by credit card.

New members

Now possible online registration: cv, photo, interests, activity...

Online payment by credit card.

Workgroups/Collaborative activities

New collaborative spaces available for our members to work on specific subjects.

Search box

Improved research engine that searches in all site contents.

Our Newsletter

You can register your e-mail address to receive our Newsletter.

You can also read our Newsletter on-line or download the pdf file.

Our sponsors

Sponsors' logos carrousel on our Home page.



In the Archives, open to all, you will find ISC Proceedings until 2015.

GCIRC members have access to the latest IRC proceedings, Seminars/Symposia proceedings and Students thesis/reports and General Assemblies reports.

Board members can read all our Board Meetings reports.

Online directory

Members’ directory & Institutions and Companies’ directory

You can search Members, Institutions and Companies by:

Name, Countries, Main fields of interest, Main activity, or Type of Institution/Company.

The lists of all ISA members and many Institutions and Companies are also available here.

Photo library

More pictures are now available. Do not hesitate to share yours so we can add them.

… Finally: we also need some pictures to illustrate sunflower in the different countries of the world, notably for the top parts of the website pages: this is a call for volunteers. 


20th International Sunflower Conference,Novi Sad, Serbia.  

Dear colleagues,

As announced previously, due to the Global crisis caused by COVID-19, 20th ISC has been postponed to June 21st to June 24th, 2021. The conference will be held in the same venue, Master Center, in Novi Sad, Serbia.

Already-paid registration fees and hotel reservations will remain valid, and any individual requests on this issue will be handled by the supporting agency Panacomp.

Conference program and speakers will remain the same, with minor changes if needed. Already-received abstracts and papers remain valid. We also invite everyone interested to continue submitting abstracts and papers.

Submission is open:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 10 December 2020
  • Paper Submission Deadline: 20 March 2021

The special issue of Agronomy-Basel journal (ISSN 2073-4395; SCIE, 2018 IF 2.259) is also now open for submission. The issue focuses on latest and the most prominent research activities on sunflower, including communications from the 20th International Sunflower Conference.

We hope and believe that most of the participants, sponsors and exhibitors already registered will be able to adapt to the new date of the conference. Registration is still open.


  • Regular fee deadline    20 May 2021
  • On site fee                    from 21 May 2021

The conference website remains active and all conference information will continue to be published there.

See you next year in Novi Sad!

20th ISC Organizing Committee


Value chains and regional news


Drought in Romania and East of Europe

The sunflower in East Romania suffers from an exceptionally dry season. We receive mid-June this message from Dr Dumitru Manole, President of the Sunflower Association Council of Romania and member of Scientific Romanian Academy, which describes the situation:

“Dear colleagues,

The year 2020– THE DRIEST YEAR, since 1946-1947in S-E Dobrogea Region – Romania, maybe from 1660 year. Rainfall starting from OCTOBER-DECEMBER 2019 – 81 mm., and JANUARY – JUNE 16 – 139 mm.

In the arable land belong to S.C. SPORT AGRA L.T.D. located in Amzacea Village, Constanta County, S-E of Dobrogea Region, we get started to plant 19 hybrids of sunflower of BASF, Euralis, National Institute of Development – Fundulea, Pioneer, RAGT, Syngenta. Those hybrids have been planted in March 28. In Romania optimum period of planting is written to be April 5 – 10. The height of the hybrids is between 40-50 cm. at May 29 and every other hybrid has reached 12 leaves. In June 16 the hybrids got 14-16 leaves and the height remains the same, the head starting to flowering. In the other hand we get other fields of sunflower planted at different period (You can look at the images) started from February 27, March 2, March 4, March 10 and the check hybrid April 4. The highest of the crop planted earlier in March is between 50-55 cm with 14-16 leaves already to flowering period, and the check hybrid it’s get 26-30 cm. and 12 leaves, with no possibility to grow up. Because of the driest climatic conditions, the crop has no possibility to show the potential yield, even adapting the technology to climatic.”

See Pictures on PdF File.


Comment on climate conditions and sunflower

The situation in Eastern Romania is exceptionally dry and shows that even relatively tolerant crops such as sunflower cannot succeed in case of lasting drought, even in very favorable soils as in Amzacea.

On the contrary, in Western Europe, France, a lot of sunflower has been sown as a consequence of the heavy difficulties for winter crops: rapeseed has been deeply affected by the very dry conditions in August-September 2019, during the sowing period, and many farmers newer sowed this season. The rapeseed acreage fell down. Then sowings of cereals have been affected by the high precipitations in late autumn and winter, leading to late sowing dates in poor conditions in many regions, and finally poor yield results. Presently, the situation of sunflower in France, at beginning of flowering, is globally satisfying as spring rainfall has been sufficient until now, but the final result is still dependent on complementary rainfall. This occurrence of “extreme” weather events more and more frequently in recent past questions research and agricultural practices. Regarding the repetition of dry periods, water management and a reasonable use of irrigation should be considered for critical periods, and certainly a diversity of field techniques susceptible to improve water efficiency, including interaction with soil and nutrition. This issue is not a recent one for many countries which know water scarcity as normal conditions. Tolerance to drought also questions genetics and is the object of many efforts.

The present agricultural practices, including use of cultivars, are based on “normal climate”, and the regular occurrence of expected events. The recent years show more and more unexpected events and question the idea of “normal climate” at annual scale. Meteorologists begin to produce seasonal forecasts:  agronomists will have to test and learn how to use them to elaborate planting strategies… as far as reliability will be sufficient, with the help of crop models, which are useful for crop management too. Fortunately, sunflower crop benefits of quite advanced crops models such as SUNFLO which includes phenological parameters.

Scientific publications regularly treat the water issues as we can see it again in this newsletter bibliography section. Developing exchanges on the issue of water scarcity management in ISA might be wise.

Etienne Pilorgé, ISA Secretary


Going on with climate in Europe, the European Commission regularly publishes the MARS Bulletin, giving the evolution of weather in Europe and its consequences on crops. The last issue on crop monitoring (June 2020) gives a global overview of the weather impacts and some forecasts (see ). The two graphs hereunder summarize the situation: East Romania and Moldova effectively appear in critical situation.

See Maps on PdF File.


Special outlooks for Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Russia have been published in June too (see: )

Scientific news




Park, B., & Burke, J. M. (2020). Phylogeography and the Evolutionary History of Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.): Wild Diversity and the Dynamics of Domestication. Genes, 11(3), 266.

Filippi, C. V., Merino, G. A., Montecchia, J. F., Aguirre, N. C., Rivarola, M., Naamati, G., ... & Contreras Moreira, B. (2020). Genetic Diversity, Population Structure and Linkage Disequilibrium Assessment among International Sunflower Breeding Collections. Genes, 11(3), 283.

Edwards, T. P., Trigiano, R. N., Ownley, B. H., Windham, A. S., Wyman, C. R., Wadl, P. A., & Hadziabdic, D. (2020). Genetic diversity and conservation status of Helianthus verticillatus, an endangered sunflower of the southern United States. Frontiers in Genetics, 11, 410.

Aftab, M., Qamar, R., Habib, S., Mehmood, M., Aslam, M., Hassan, A., ... & Gill, A. N. (2020). Assessment of Genetic Diversity Among Sunflower Inbred Lines for the Development of Recombinants having Better Achene Yield and Oil Quality. Life Science Journal, 17(3).

Ventimiglia, M., Pugliesi, C., Vangelisti, A., Usai, G., Giordani, T., Natali, L., ... & Mascagni, F. (2020). On the Trail of Tetu1: Genome-Wide Discovery of CACTA Transposable Elements in Sunflower Genome. International journal of molecular sciences, 21(6), 2021.

AGGARWAL, Rajat, CANTORE, Martin Ariel, et PAZ, Natalia Mercedes. Methods and compositions for identifying verticillium wilt resistant sunflower plants. U.S. Patent Application No 16/686,780, 5 mars 2020.

Padmavathi, T., Devi, M. U., & Devi, B. P. (2020). Mutagenic Effect of Chemicals on Certain Biochemical Parameters in Two Cultivars of Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). In Medicinal Plants: Biodiversity, Sustainable Utilization and Conservation (pp. 693-714). Springer, Singapore.

Ranathunge, C., Wheeler, G. L., Chimahusky, M. E., Perkins, A. D., Pramod, S., & Welch, M. E. (2020). Transcribed microsatellite allele lengths are often correlated with gene expression in natural sunflower populations. Molecular Ecology.

DeGreef, M. G., Prasifka, J. R., Koehler, B. D., & Hulke, B. S. (2020). Registration of oilseed sunflower maintainer germplasm HA 488, with resistance to the red sunflower seed weevil. Journal of Plant Registrations.

Prasifka, J. R. Susceptibility of sunflower inbred lines and putative resistance sources to Smicronyx fulvus LeConte (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Journal of Applied Entomology.

Temme, A. A., Kerr, K. L., Masalia, R. R., Burke, J. M., & Donovan, L. A. (2020). Key traits and genes associate with salinity tolerance independent from vigor in cultivated sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). BioRxiv. (PRE-PRINT)

AGGARWAL, Rajat, CANTORE, Martin Ariel, et PAZ, Natalia Mercedes. Methods and compositions for identifying verticillium wilt resistant sunflower plants. U.S. Patent Application No 16/686,780, 5 mars 2020.

Gorbachenko, О. F., Gorbachenko, F. I., Usatenko, T. V., Luchkin, N. S., Burlyaeva, E. G., Zhitnik, N. A., & Gorbachenko, V. D. Development of the initial sunflower breeding material resistant to new high virulent races of broomrape and false powdery mildew . ЗЕРНОВОЕ ХОЗЯЙСТВО РОССИИ, 59. (Russian with English abstract)

Liu, S., Wang, P., Liu, Y., & Wang, P. (2020). Identification of candidate gene for resistance to broomrape (Orobanche cumana) in sunflower by BSA-seq. Oil Crop Science.

Aliiev, E. (2020). Automatic Phenotyping Test of Sunflower Seeds. Helia, 1(ahead-of-print).



Trigiano, R. N., Dominguez-McLaughlin, H., Lawton, C., Gwinn, K. D., & Boggess, S. L. (2020). First Report of a Cercospora Species Causing a Leaf Spot on the Whorled Sunflower, Helianthus verticillatus, in the United States. Plant Disease, PDIS-11.

Rashad, Y., Aseel, D., Hammad, S., & Elkelish, A. (2020). Rhizophagus irregularis and Rhizoctonia solani differentially elicit systemic transcriptional expression of polyphenol biosynthetic pathways genes in sunflower. Biomolecules, 10(3), 379.

Yamamoto, S., Atarashi, T., Kuse, M., Sugimoto, Y., & Takikawa, H. (2020). Concise synthesis of heliolactone, a non-canonical strigolactone isolated from sunflower. Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, 1-6.

Kalinova, S., Marinov-Serafimov, P., Golubinova, I., & Encheva, V. (2020). Allelopathic effect of sunflower broomrape (Orobanche Cumana Wallr.) on the development of sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Science, 26(1), 132-140.

Yang, C., Fu, F., Zhang, N. et al. Transcriptional profiling of underground interaction of two contrasting sunflower cultivars with the root parasitic weed Orobanche cumana. Plant Soil 450, 303–321 (2020).

Gholizadeh, R., & Hemmati, R. (2019). Occurrence and pathogenicity of some fungal species on broomrape. Iranian Journal of Plant Pathology, 55(1). (original publication in Persian; English abstract at

Doshi, P., Nisha, N., Yousif, A. I. A., Körösi, K., Bán, R., & Turóczi, G. (2020). Preliminary Investigation of Effect of Neem-Derived Pesticides on Plasmopara halstedii Pathotype 704 in Sunflower under In Vitro and In Vivo Conditions. Plants, 9(4), 535.

Er, Y., Özer, N. & Katırcıoğlu, Y.Z. Determination of anti-mildew activity of essential oils against downy mildew of sunflower caused by Plasmopara halstedii. J Plant Dis Prot (2020).

Sun, H., Tian, J., Steinkellner, S. et al. Identification and characterization of Colletotrichum destructivum causing anthracnose on sunflower. Arch Microbiol (2020).

Lakshmi Prasad, M.S., Naresh, N., Sujatha, K. et al. Population structure of Alternaria species causing leaf blight of sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) in India. Phytoparasitica (2020).

Yan, N., Na, R., Jia, R., Zhang, J., & Zhao, J. (2020). Occurrence of black stem on Helianthus annuus caused by Phoma macdonaldii and resistant evaluation of different sunflower varieties. OCL, 27, 12.

J. Liu, F. Lv and P. Di, "Identification of Sunflower Leaf Diseases Based on Random Forest Algorithm," 2019 International Conference on Intelligent Computing, Automation and Systems (ICICAS), Chongqing, China, 2019, pp. 459-463,

Molaei, H., Abrinbana, M., & Ghosta, Y. (2020). Baseline sensitivities to azoxystrobin and tebuconazole in Sclerotinia sclerotiorum isolates from sunflower in Iran related to sensitivities to carbendazim and iprodione. Journal of Phytopathology, 168(6), 353-362.

Arda, H., Kaya, A. & Alyuruk, G. Physiological and Genetic Effects of Imazamox Treatment on Imidazolinone-Sensitive and Resistant Sunflower Hybrids. Water Air Soil Pollut 231, 118 (2020).

Ochogavía, A. C., Bianchi, M. B., Picardi, L., & Nestares, G. M. (2020). Evidence of accelerated and altered pollen development after Imazapyr treatment in resistant sunflower. Bragantia, (ahead).

Presotto, A., Hernández, F., Casquero, M., Vercellino, R., Pandolfo, C., Poverene, M., & Cantamutto, M. (2020). Seed bank dynamics of an invasive alien species, Helianthus annuus L. Journal of Plant Ecology, 13(3), 313-322.

Montagne, F., & Salas, M. (2019). GF-3885: A new post-emergence herbicide for effective weed control in European sunflower crops. In 24e Conférence du COLUMA: Journées internationales sur la lutte contre les mauvaises herbes, Orleans, France, 3, 4 et 5 décembre 2019. Végéphyl–Association pour la santé des végétaux.

Kross, S. M. (2020). Sunflower damage and bird diversity data 2014-2015. paper. See ISA Newsletter N°6 for initial publication)

Ullah, M. I., Arshad, M., Ali, S., Abdullah, A., Khalid, S., Aatif, H. M., ... & Molina-Ochoa, J. (2020). Using Smartphone Application to Estimate the Defoliation Caused by Insect Herbivory in Various Crops. Pakistan Journal of Zoology, 52(3).

Abeywickrama, P. D., Jayawardena, R. S., Zhang, W., Hyde, K., Yan, J., & li, X. (2020). Rhizopus arrhizus (syn. R. oryzae) causing Sunflower head rot in Hebei Province, China. Plant Disease, (ja).



Debaeke, P., Bret-Mestries, E., Aubertot, J. N., Casadebaig, P., Champolivier, L., Dejoux, J. F., ... & Seassau, C. (2020). Sunflower agronomy: 10 years of research in partnership within the “Sunflower” Technological Joint Unit (UMT) in Toulouse. OCL, 27, 14.

Abd-Elmabod, S. K., Muñoz-Rojas, M., Jordán, A., Anaya-Romero, M., Phillips, J. D., Laurence, J., ... & de la Rosa, D. (2020). Climate change impacts on agricultural suitability and yield reduction in a Mediterranean region. Geoderma, 374, 114453.

Baghbani-Arani, A., Jami, M. G., Namdari, A., & Karami Borz-Abad, R. (2020). Influence of Irrigation Regimes, Zeolite, Inorganic and Organic Manures on Water Use Efficiency, Soil Fertility and Yield of Sunflower in a Sandy Soil. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 51(6), 711-725.

Khaleghi, M., Hassanpour, F., Karandish, F., & Shahnazari, A. (2020). Integrating partial root-zone drying and saline water irrigation to sustain sunflower production in freshwater-scarce regions. Agricultural Water Management, 234, 106094.

Kireva, R. Sunflower irrigation in conditions of water deficit. Mechanization in agriculture and conserving of the resources, year LXVI, ISSUE 1, P.P. 36-38 (2020)

Ismail, A. Hussain, A. Mehmood, M. Qadir, Husna, A. Iqbal, M. Hamayun and N. Khan. 2020. Thermal stress alleviating potential of endophytic fungus Rhizopus oryzae inoculated to sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) and soybean (Glycine max L.). Pak. J. Bot., 52(5): DOI:

RADIĆ, V., BALALIĆ, I. M., Z–ĆIRIĆ, M. V., M–JOCIĆ, S., & MARJANOVIĆ-JEROMELA, A. (2020). Genotype x Environment interaction of some traits in sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) lines. Applied Ecology and Environmental Research, 18(1), 1707-1719.

Miklič, V., Balalić, I., Jocić, S., Cvejić, S., Jocković, M., Miladinović, D., Hladni, N., Klisurić, N., Terzić, S. (2020): NS sunflower hybrids in trials in Bačka and Banat in 2019,  61st Conference Production and processing of oilseeds, Herceg Novi, Montenegro, p. 13-20. In press.

Sarker, K. K., Kamar, S. K., Hossain, M., Mainuddin, M., Bell, R. W., Barrett-Lennard, E., ... & Khan, M. S. I. (2020). Effect of straw mulch and irrigation on sunflower and maize cultivation in no tillage systems of coastal heavy soils. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute Proceedings, 36(1), 145.

Pinkovsky, H., & Tanchyk, S. (2020). Management of the elements of technology for growing of sunflower in the Right-Bank Steppe of Ukraine. Žemės ūkio mokslai, 27(1).

Pinkovskyi, H., & Tanchyk, S. (2020). Dynamics of the availability of available moisture in soil by optimization of sowing time and density of statement of sunflower plants in the Right-Bank Steppe of Ukraine. Technium: Romanian Journal of Applied Sciences and Technology, 2(3), 68-77.

Sarker, B. C., Kabir, M., Ali, M., & Bell, R. W. (2020). Yield response of sunflower to sowing dates and NPK rates under zero tillage in wet soil of southwestern coastal Bangladesh. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute Proceedings, 36(1), 202.

Rasoulzadeh Aghdam, M., Darvishzadeh, R., Sepehr, E., & Alipour, H. Evaluation of the response of oilseed sunflower pure lines (Helianthus annuus L.) under phosphorus deficiency condition. Journal of Crop Breeding, 0-0. (Persian, English abstract)

Karadaş, K., & Külekçi, M. (2020). Optimization of energy consumption for sunflower production using data envelopment analysis approach. Journal of Environmental Biology, 41(2), 505-513.

Nawar, A. I., Salama, H. S., & Khalil, H. E. (2020). Additive intercropping of sunflower and soybean to improve yield and land use efficiency: Effect of thinning interval and nitrogen fertilization. Chilean journal of agricultural research, 80(2), 142-152.

Abbasi, Z. A., Kandhro, M. N., Soomro, A. A., Leghari, N., Keerio, M. I., Shah, A. N., & Abro, M. B. (2020). Nutri-Seed Priming and Planting Geometry Effects on Growth and Oil Production of Sunflower Varieties under the Ecological Conditions of Tandojam, Sindh, Pakistan. Sarhad Journal of Agriculture, 36(2), 447-458.

Abdallah, M. M. S., Bakry, B. A., El-Bassiouny, H. M. S., & El-Monem, A. A. A. (2020). Growth, Yield and Biochemical Impact of Anti-transpirants on Sunflower Plant Grown under Water Deficit. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences: PJBS, 23(4), 454-466.

Abido, W. A. E., & Abo-El-Kheer, E. S. A. (2020). Influence of Plant Densities Interacted with Boron Foliar spraying on sunflower productivity. Middle East J, 9(2), 270-281.

Baki, M. A., Azad, M. A. K., Shamim, M. S., Hossain, M. N., Paran, S., & Haque, M. K. (2020). Response of Sunflower to the Residual Toxicity of Herbicides Used in Wheat under Strip Tillage System. Asian Journal of Advances in Agricultural Research, 12(3), 14-21.

Ghafarpour, S., Kazemeini, S. A., & Hamzehzarghani, H. (2020). Effect of Sulfonylurea Herbicides Residues on Growth and Yield of Sunflower in Rotation with Wheat. Iran Agricultural Research.

Salama, H.S.A., Khalil, H.E. & Nawar, A.I. Utilization of Thinned Sunflower and Soybean Intercrops as Forage: A Useful Strategy for Small Scale Farms in Intensive Agricultural Systems. Int. J. Plant Prod. (2020).

Santos, C. B. D., Costa, K. A. D. P., Souza, W. F. D., Oliveira, I. P. D., Teixeira, D. A. A., & Costa, J. V. C. P. (2020). Production and quality of sunflower and Paiaguas palisadegrass silage in monocropped and intercropping in different forage systems. Acta Scientiarum. Animal Sciences, 42.

Chen, L., Yang, J. Y., & Wang, D. (2020). Phytoremediation of uranium and cadmium contaminated soils by sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) enhanced with biodegradable chelating agents. Journal of Cleaner Production, 121491.



Segarra, Lauren, "Floral trait architecture in crop sunflower (Helianthus annuus) under drought conditions" (2020). All Master's Theses. 1344.

Bakht, J., Ullah, R., & Shafi, M. (2020). Effect of Chelator EDTA on Phyto-Remediation of Cadmium, Chromium and Lead and their Effect on Growth of Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). Biological Sciences-PJSIR, 63(1), 22-29.

Hurtado, A.C., Chiconato, D.A., de Mello Prado, R. et al. Silicon Alleviates Sodium Toxicity in Sorghum and Sunflower Plants by Enhancing Ionic Homeostasis in Roots and Shoots and Increasing Dry Matter Accumulation. Silicon (2020).

Hurtado, A. C. (2020). Aplicação de silício atenua os efeitos do estresse salino em plantas de sorgo e girassol.(doctoral dissertation)

Keipp, K., Hütsch, B. W., Ehlers, K., & Schubert, S. (2020). Drought stress in sunflower causes inhibition of seed filling due to reduced cell‐extension growth. Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science. (also on search Gate)

Ergin, N., & Kaya, M. D. (2020). Effects of Drought and Temperature Stress on Germination and Seedling Development of Sunflower. Turkish Journal of Agriculture-Food Science and Technology, 8(3), 598-602.

Saux, M., Bleys, B., André, T., Bailly, C., & El-Maarouf-Bouteau, H. (2020). A Correlative Study of Sunflower Seed Vigor Components as Related to Genetic Background. Plants, 9(3), 386.

Shakya, R. Stigma receptivity with pollen in sunflower accompanies novel histochemical and biochemical changes in both male and female reproductive structures. Vegetos 33, 376–384 (2020).



Peng, X., Yang, G., Shi, Y. et al. Box–Behnken design based statistical modeling for the extraction and physicochemical properties of pectin from sunflower heads and the comparison with commercial low-methoxyl pectin. Sci Rep 10, 3595 (2020).

Tan, J., Hua, X., Liu, J., Wang, M., Liu, Y., Yang, R., & Cao, Y. (2020). Extraction of sunflower head pectin with superfine grinding pretreatment. Food Chemistry, 126631.

Taş, H. H., & Kul, F. M. (2020). Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus) Stalks as Alternative Raw Material for Cement Bonded Particleboard. Drvna industrija: Znanstveni časopis za pitanja drvne tehnologije, 71(1), 41-46.

Binici, H., Aksogan, O., Dıncer, A., Luga, E., Eken, M., & Isikaltun, O. (2020). Thermal insulation material production using vermiculite, sunflower stalk and wheat stalk. Thermal Science and Engineering Progress, 100567.

Feng, L., Yu, Q., Zhen, X. F., Dong, H. Y., Zheng, J., & Wang, Y. (2020). Comparison of methanogenesis between sunflower and corn stalks mixed with pig manure at different temperatures. Applied Ecology and Environmental Research, 18(1), 747-756.

Sun, G., Zhang, J., Tan, X., Guo, D., Zhou, Y., & Guan, Y. (2020). Evaluation of conventional technical properties and self-healing ability of bitumen-based sealants containing sunflower-oil microcapsules for pavement cracks. Construction and Building Materials, 254, 119299.

Gürdil, G. A. K., Kabutey, A., Selvi, K. Ç., Hrabě, P., Herák, D., & Fraňková, A. (2020). Investigation of Heating and Freezing Pretreatments on Mechanical, Chemical and Spectral Properties of Bulk Sunflower Seeds and Oil. Processes, 8(4), 411.

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Paunović, D. M., Demin, M. A., Petrović, T. S., Marković, J. M., Vujasinović, V. B., & Rabrenović, B. B. (2020). Quality parameters of sunflower oil and palm olein during multiple frying. Journal of Agricultural Sciences, Belgrade, 65(1), 61-68.

Bozorgian, A. (2020). Study of the Effect Operational Parameters on the Super critical Extraction Efficient Related to Sunflower Oil Seeds. Chemical Review and Letters, 3(3), 94-97.

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22-25 June 2020, Postponed: 21-24 June 2021 20th International Sunflower Conference, Novi Sad, Serbia.

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6-10 September 2020 Postponed:June 20-24, 2021:  32nd Annual Meeting AAIC Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops. Bologna, Italy. .

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