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Ecological Management of Agricultural Weeds

ISBN-10: 0521037875

ISBN-13: 9780521037877

Edition: 2007

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

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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.
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Book details

List price: $129.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/9/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 548
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

Preface
Weed management: a need for ecological approaches
Weed life history: identifying vulnerabilities
Knowledge, science, and practice in ecological weed management: farmer-extensionist-scientist interactions
Mechanical management of weeds
Weeds and the soil environment
Enhancing the competitive ability of crops
Crop diversification for weed management
Managing weeds with insects and pathogens
Livestock grazing for weed management
Weed evolution and community structure
Weed management: the broader context
Taxonomic index
Subject index