Weed Biology and Climate Change

  • ID: 2223655
  • Book
  • 248 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Weeds have posed significant problems for civilization since the inception of agriculture. Although rising levels of carbon dioxide and climate disruptions can affect fundamental aspects of global biology, little is known regarding weed science.
Weed Biology and Climate Change provides a unique and timely synthesis of research on current and potential biological climate–induced changes with a specific focus on the impacts and management of weedy and invasive plants.

Weed Biology and Climate Change opens with separate overviews of both weed biology and climate change. Subsequent chapters look at the impacts of climatic change on basic and applied aspects of weed biology. Chapters cover key topics ranging from climate–related impacts on weed growth and reproduction to weed management, invasive species, ecosystem functioning, and food security and how these practices will need to adapt in the face of a changing climate.

Written by two experts in the field, Weed Biology and Climate Change is the first book to provide a thorough analysis of climatic change impacts specific to weed science. This book will be an essential resource for weed scientists, global change biologists, ecologists, and crop scientists in the classroom and the field.

Key features:

- Timely synthesis of climate change research and its impacts in regard to basic and applied aspects of weed biology
- Chapters look at such applied issues as weed management, ecosystem maintenance, and food security
- Provides summary of current status and looks at future implications of increased atmospheric carbon dioxide on weedy and invasive plants

"Dr. Ziska is among the world's leading scientists regarding research on invasive weeds and climate change.
Hilda Diaz–Soltero, USDA Senior Invasive Species Coordinator.
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Preface ix

Chapter 1 A Brief History ofWeeds and Their Impact 1

Chapter 2 Carbon Dioxide and Global Warming: The "Green" in the Greenhouse Effect 23

Chapter 3 An Evaluation of the Impact of Rising Carbon Dioxide and Climatic Change on Weed Biology: From the Cell to the Plant 39

Chapter 4 An Evaluation of the Impact of Rising Carbon Dioxide and Climatic Change on Weed Biology: Competition to Community Composition 61

Chapter 5 Weeds on the Farm: Assessing the Role of Climate Change and CO2 on Agricultural Productivity 85

Chapter 6 Invasive Plants and Climate Change in Natural Ecosystems 107

Chapter 7 Weeds, CO2, Climate, and Health 127

Chapter 8 Weed Management: Herbicides 143

Chapter 9 Weed Management: The Rest of the Story 163

Chapter 10 Benefits from Weeds 181

Chapter 11 Weeds in a Time of Climate 199

Appendix 219

Index 227

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A must read for all scholars interested in plant and weed ecology.   (Experimental Agriculture, 2012)

"The text is fully indexed, includes extensive references, and is well illustrated with numerous examples from the primary literature. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper–division undergraduates and above." (Choice, 1 August 2011)
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