Ecological Management of Agricultural Weeds (Paperback)
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Ecological Management of Agricultural Weeds (Paperback)

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Paperback 548 Pages / Published: 09/07/2007
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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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521037877
Number of pages: 548
Weight: 862 g
Dimensions: 242 x 169 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... this is an excellent book that was long overdue ...' Douglas D. Buhler, Crop Science
'... a welcome addition to the weed science literature.' Charlie R. Riches, Annals of Botany
'... it reads very well. The book's eleven chapters flow smoothly ... This text would be appropriate for an advanced course or seminar; it is an important piece from which to draw the next generation of all crop protection professionals, not just week scientists. Furthermore, the approaches presented here should be the basis for future weed science textbooks. I laud the authors for their balanced - not shrill - call for a philosophical shift in how we view and sustainably manage pests in agroecosystems.' American Entomologist
"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." Ecoscience
"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." Ecology
"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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