Ecological Management of Agricultural Weeds

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"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."--BOOK JACKET.
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While the majority of texts on weed management focus on the use of herbicides, this volume emphasizes weed management procedures that rely on manipulations of ecological conditions and relationships. Liebman (Iowa State U., US), Mohler (Cornell U., US), and Staver (Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza, Nicaragua) analyze and synthesize the literature on ecological weed management and relevant aspects of weed ecology. They identify the principles that underlie ecological weed management, assess the strengths and weaknesses of specific weed management strategies in different cropping systems, and attempt to identify current gaps in understanding of ecological approaches to weed management. Throughout, they argue that "ecological weed management can greatly reduce herbicide use through the creation of agricultural systems that suppress weeds and resist their impacts." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"The intent of the book is clearly stated...and the authors fulfilled this intent... this is an excellent book that was long overdue. The authors have examined cultural and ecological methods for weed management comprehensively and at a depth seldom attempted. The book is thoroughly referenced and should be of value to researchers and graduate students in weed management and ecology. It may also be appropriate as a text for advanced courses in weed management and as a supplemental reference for undergraduate courses in weed science."
Douglas D. Buhler, Crop Science

"This book weaves a rich and coherent concept of ecological weed management from strands that have been spun out over the last two decades.... I would judge that [Liebman, Mohler and Staver] have been most successful, and have made a unique and very valuable contribution to the literature of weed science.... Without exception, the book's chapters are thorough, readable accounts, and provide very useful reference material for ecologists, agronomists and extension workers. Commendably, the book balances coverage among industrialized farming in developed countries and various forms of farming in developing countries."

"The literature review alone is easily worth the price of the book...this is an excellent book for an advanced course in weed ecology and management...A major strenth of this book is that it draws on the basic ecology and plant biology as well as applied literature...In addition to valuable synthesis the book provides, the authors also make a point of highlighting key areas in need of further research...I appluad the efforts of Liebman, Mohler, and Staver and recommend this book to scientist elucidating principles and processes in a more integrated and biologically based agriculture."

"The well researched contents with extensive references could easily provide a good grounding in the subject matter....[The authors did] a well timed and well done text."
The Canadian Field-Naturalist

"I laud the authors for their balanced—not shrill—call for a philosophical shift in how we view and sustainably manage pests in agroecosystems."
Robert N. Wiedenmann, Entomological Society of America

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521037877
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/9/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 548
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Weed management: a need for ecological approaches 1
2 Weed life history: identifying vulnerabilities 40
3 Knowledge, science, and practice in ecological weed management: farmer-extensionist-scientist interactions 99
4 Mechanical management of weeds 139
5 Weeds and the soil environment 210
6 Enhancing the competitive ability of crops 269
7 Crop diversification for weed management 322
8 Managing weeds with insects and pathogens 375
9 Livestock grazing for weed management 409
10 Weed evolution and community structure 444
11 Weed management: the broader context 494
Taxonomic index 519
Subject index 525
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