Fundamentals of Weed Science, Fifth Edition, provides the latest information on this constantly advancing area of study. Placing weed management in the largest context of weed research and science, the book presents the latest advances in the role, control and potential uses of weed plants. From the emergence and genetic foundation of weeds, to the latest means of control and environmental impact, the book uses an ecological framework to explore the role of responsible and effective weed control in agriculture. In addition, users will find discussions of related areas where research is needed for additional understanding.
Explored topics include the roles of culture, economics and politics in weed management, all areas that enable scientists and students to further understand the larger effects on society.
- Completely revised with 35% new content
- Contains expanded coverage of ethnobotany, the specific identity and role of invasive weed species, organic agriculture, and herbicide resistance in GM crops
- Includes an emphasis on herbicide resistance and molecular biology, both of which have come to dominate weed science research
- Covers all traditional aspects of weed science as well as current research
- Provides broad coverage, including relevant related subjects like weed ecology and weed population genetics
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1. Introduction 2. Weeds
The Beginning 3. Weed Classification 4. Ethnobotany 5. Weed Reproduction and Dispersal 6. Weed Ecology 7. Weed Population Genetics 8. Invasive Plants 9. Allelopathy 10. Methods of Weed Management 11. Weed Management in Organic Agricultural Systems 12. Biological Weed Control 13. Introduction to Chemical Weed Control 14. Herbicides and Plants 15. Herbicides and Soil 16. Properties and Uses of Herbicides 17. Herbicide Formulation 18. The Role and Future of Genetic Modification in Weed Science 19. The Problem and Study of Herbicide Resistance 20. Herbicides and the Environment 21. Pesticide Legislation and Registration 22. Weed Management Systems 23. Weed Science
The Future Appendix A: List of Crops by Common Name Appendix B: List of Weeds by Common Name Glossary Index
Robert L. Zimdahl is a Professor of Weed Science at Colorado State University. He received his Ph.D. in Agronomy from Oregon State University. Among his many honors and awards, Dr. Zimdahl was elected a Fellow of the Weed Science Society of America in 1986 and currently serves as editor of that society's journal, Weed Science. He has been a member of several international task forces and has authored a number of books and articles on the subject of weed science.