Herbicides and Plant Physiology / Edition 2

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Herbicides continue to make a spectacular contribution to modern safe crop production. It is essential to understand how these compounds work in plants and their surroundings to properly facilitate the development of more effective and safer agrochemicals. This book provides that information in a succinct and user-friendly way. The second edition of this very well-received and highly thought of book has been fully up-dated with much new information of relevance to the subject, particularly in the areas of cell and molecular biology. The book commences with introductory chapters on weed biology and herbicide discovery and development. Following chapters include coverage of herbicides that inhibit photosynthesis and auxin-type herbicides, herbicide resistance and further targets for herbicide development. New chapters cover the inhibitors of lipid biosynthesis, amino acid biosynthesis and cell division.

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"This revised edition of Herbicides and Plant Physiology is an excellent addition to the bookshelf of any advisers, researchers or agronomy students. This authoritative, yet readable resource (first published in 1992) delves beneath the surface of herbicide activity to examine a wide range of past and present weed control strategies and developments from the viewpoint of plant physiology, but also provides a far wider perspective." (Ecclesiastical History, 2011)
For undergraduates to professionals in either basic or applied aspects of plant physiology, crop science, and related fields. Summarizes the development and use of herbicides, their action and importance, and how herbicide development and plant physiology can help each other. Acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405129350
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Cobb & John Reade

HarperAdamsUniversityCollege, Shropshire, U. K.

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Table of Contents


1 An Introduction to Weed Biology.

1.1 Introduction.

1.2 Distribution.

1.3 The importance of weeds.

1.4 Problems caused by weeds.

1.5 Biology of weeds.

1.6 A few examples of problem weeds.

1.7 Positive attributes of weeds.

1.8 The ever-changing weed spectrum.

1.9 Weed control.


2 Herbicide Discovery and Development.

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 Markets.

2.3 Prospects.

2.4 Environmental impact and relative toxicology.

2.5 The search for novel active ingredients.

2.6 The search for novel target sites.

2.7 Mode of action studies.

2.8 A lower limit for rates of herbicide application?


3 Herbicide Uptake and Movement.

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 The cuticle as a barrier to foliar uptake.

3.3 Physicochemical aspects of foliar uptake.

3.4 Herbicide formulation.

3.5 Uptake by roots from soil.

3.6 Herbicide translocation from roots to shoots.

3.7 A case study: the formulation of acids.

3.8 Recent developments.


4 Herbicide Selectivity and Metabolism.

4.1 Introduction.

4.2 General principles.

4.3 Herbicide safeners and synergists.


5 Herbicides That Inhibit Photosynthesis.

5.1 Introduction.

5.2 Photosystems.

5.3 Inhibition at Photosystem II.

5.4 Photodamage and repair of Photosystem II.

5.5 Structures and uses of Photosystem II inhibitors.

5.6 Interference with electron flow at Photosystem I.

5.7 RuBisCo activase.

5.8 How treated plants die.


6 Inhibitors of Pigment Biosynthesis.

6.2 Inhibition of chlorophyll biosynthesis.

6.3 Inhibition of carotenoid biosynthesis.

6.4 Inhibition of plastoquinone biosynthesis.

6.5 How treated plants die.

6.6 Selectivity and metabolism.


7 Auxin-Type Herbicides.

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 Structures and uses of auxin-type herbicides.

7.3 Auxin, a natural plant growth regulator.

7.4 Auxin receptors, gene expression and herbicides.

7.5 Signal transduction.

7.6 Auxin transport.

7.7 An ‘auxin’ overdose.

7.8 How treated plants die.

7.9 Selectivity and metabolism.


8 Inhibitors of Lipid Biosynthesis.

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 Structures and uses of graminicides.

8.3 Inhibition of lipid biosynthesis.

8.4 Anti-auxin activity of graminicides.

8.5 How treated plants die.

8.6 Selectivity.


9 The Inhibition of Amino Acid Biosynthesis.

9.1 Introduction.

9.2 Overview of amino acid biosynthesis in plants.

9.3 Inhibition of glutamine synthase.

9.4 Inhibition of EPSP synthase.

9.5 Inhibition of acetolactate synthase.

9.6 Inhibition of histidine biosynthesis.


10 The Disruption of Cell Division.

10.1 Introduction.

10.2 The cell cycle.

10.3 Control of the cell cycle.

10.4 Microtubule structure and function.

10.5 Herbicidal interference with microtubules.

10.6 Selectivity and metabolism.


11 The Inhibition of Cellulose Biosynthesis.

11.1 Introduction.

11.2 Cellulose biosynthesis inhibitors.

11.3 Selectivity and metabolism.


12 Herbicide Resistance.

12.1 Introduction.

12.2 Mechanisms of herbicide resistance.

12.3 How resistance occurs.

12.4 Chronology of herbicide resistance.

12.5 Herbicide resistance case study – black-grass (Alopecurus myosuroides Huds.)

12.6 The future development of herbicide resistance.


13 Herbicide-Tolerant Crops.

13.1 Introduction.

13.2 History of genetically modified, herbicide-tolerant crops.

13.3 How genetically modified crops are produced.

13.4 Genetically engineered herbicide tolerance to glyphosate.

13.5 Genetically modified herbicide tolerance to glufosinate.

13.6 Genetically modified herbicide tolerance to bromoxynil.

13.7 Genetically modified herbicide tolerance to sulfonylureas.

13.8 Genetically modified herbicide tolerance to 2,4-D .

13.9 Genetically modified herbicide tolerance to fops and dims.

13.10 Genetically modified herbicide tolerance to phytoene desaturase.

13.11 Herbicide tolerance due to engineering of enhanced metabolism.

13.12 Herbicide tolerance through means other than genetic modification.

13.13 Genetically modified high-tolerance crops in practice: the UK Farm-Scale Evaluations, 2000–2.

13.14 Future developments.


14 Further Targets For Herbicide Development.

14.1 Introduction.

14.2 Protein turnover.

14.3 Biological control of weeds.

14.4 Natural products as leads for new herbicides.




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