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Fundamentals of Weed Science

By: Robert L Zimdahl

666 pages, B/w photos, illus, figs, tabs

Academic Press

Hardback | Oct 2007 | Edition: 3 | #169544 | ISBN-13: 9780123725189
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This book addresses herbicides and their use as an important aspect of modern weed management,and strives to place them in an ecological framework. Many weed scientists believe agriculture is a continuing struggle with weeds - without good weed control, good and profitable agriculture is impossible. Each agricultural discipline sees itself as central to agriculture's success and continued progress, and weed science is no exception. While not denying the importance of weed management to successful agriculture, this book places it in a larger ecological context. The roles of culture, economics, and politics in weed management are also discussed, enabeling scientists and students to understand the larger effects on society.

Information on New herbicides is included, along with the old herbicides that are important for understanding the history. This book contains a new section on weed resistance to herbicides and genetic engineering. It provides new information on invasive plants. It contains expanded chapters on Biological Control, Pesticide Legislation and Regulation, Weed Management Systems, and more.

Having examined the major textbooks in this field, I would recommend Zimdahls's Fundamentals of Weed Science if someone were to own just one. The combination of its readability for non-specialists and its emphasis on an holistic approach to weeds set it apart from the others. --John R. Stepp, University of Georgia, in ECONOMIC BOTANY (Jan-Mar 2001) "...the book contains a good overview of weed science fundamentals...Fundamentals of Weed Science has many good aspects including its biological and ecological approaches to the improved understanding of weeds." --Stephen C. Weller, Purdue University, in QUARTERLY REVIEW OF BIOLOGY (March 2001) "The book will be of value to undergraduate students in weed science; faculty, graduate students, and researchers who need a survey of the basics of weed science; and government and policy officials who need a primer for weed science in order to evaluate impact assessments for particular weed management strategies." --WEED TECHNOLOGY (1999) "One of the more thoughtful and extensive overviews of weeds and their management." --IPMnet NEWS Praise for the First Edition "The book is of great value as an introduction in the field of weed science, especially useful in undergraduate courses taught at many universities." --Jack van Rensen in JOURNAL OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY "I recommend this book to anyone looking for a text for an introductory weed science class. It is written at a level appropriate to introduce the subject matter... and stimulate... interest in learning more about the subject area." --Jean A. Gleichsner in PLANT SCIENCE BULLETIN


Preface. Introduction. Weeds - The Beginning. Weed Classification. Ethnobotany. Weed Reproduction and Dispersal. Weed Ecology. Allelopathy. The Significance of Plant Competition. Methods of Weed Management and Control. Biological Weed Control. Introduction to Chemical Weed Control. Properties and Use of Herbicides. Herbicides and Plants. Herbicides and Soil. Herbicide Application. Herbicide Formulation. Herbicides and Environment. Pesticide Legislation and Registration. Weed Management Systems. Weed Science - The Future. Appendices. Glossary. Index.

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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 societys 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.

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