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Ecological Management of Agricultural Weeds


Matt Liebman, Charles L. Mohler, Charles P. Staver
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  • Date Published: July 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521037877

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  • Concerns over environmental and human health impacts of conventional weed management practices, herbicide resistance in weeds, and rising costs of crop production and protection have led agricultural producers and scientists in many countries to seek strategies that take greater advantage of ecological processes and thereby allow a reduction in herbicide use. This book provides principles and practices for ecologically based weed management in a wide range of temperate and tropical farming systems. After examining weed life histories and processes determining the assembly of weed communities, the authors describe how tillage and cultivation practices, manipulations of soil conditions, competitive cultivars, crop diversification, grazing livestock, arthropod and microbial biocontrol agents, and other factors can be used to reduce weed germination, growth, competitive ability, reproduction and dispersal. Special attention is given to the evolutionary challenges that weeds pose and the roles that farmers can play in the development of new weed-management strategies.

    • Interesting approach in integrating ecological principles with weed management practices
    • Insightful suggestions for priorities on the weed science research agenda
    • Guidance on bridging the gap between agricultural researchers and farmers
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… this is an excellent book that was long overdue …' Douglas D. Buhler, Crop Science

    '… a welcome addition to the weed science literature.' Charlie R. Riches, Annals of Botany

    '… it reads very well. The book's eleven chapters flow smoothly … This text would be appropriate for an advanced course or seminar; it is an important piece from which to draw the next generation of all crop protection professionals, not just week scientists. Furthermore, the approaches presented here should be the basis for future weed science textbooks. I laud the authors for their balanced - not shrill - call for a philosophical shift in how we view and sustainably manage pests in agroecosystems.' American Entomologist

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521037877
    • length: 548 pages
    • dimensions: 242 x 169 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.862kg
    • contains: 81 b/w illus. 39 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Weed management: a need for ecological approaches Matt Liebman
    2. Weed life history: identifying vulnerabilities Charles L. Mohler
    3. Knowledge, science and practice in ecological weed management: farmer-extensionist-scientist interactions Charles P. Staver
    4. Mechanical management of weeds Charles L. Mohler
    5. Weeds and the soil environment Matt Liebman and Charles L. Mohler
    6. Enhancing the competitive ability of crops Charles L. Mohler
    7. Crop diversification for weed management Matt Liebman and Charles P. Staver
    8. Managing weeds with insects and pathogens Matt Liebman
    9. Livestock grazing for weed management Charles P. Staver
    10. Weed evolution and community structure Charles L. Mohler
    11. Weed management: the broader context Charles L. Mohler, Matt Liebman and Charles P. Staver
    Taxonomic index
    Subject index.

  • Authors

    Matt Liebman, Iowa State University

    Charles L. Mohler, Cornell University, New York

    Charles P. Staver, CATIE (Center for Teaching and Research in Tropical Agriculture), Costa Rica


    Matt Liebman, Charles L. Mohler, Charles P. Staver

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