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Weed Biology and Climate Change will provide a synthesis of what is known regarding the probable impact of environmental change on weed biology. Chapters will look at impacts of weed biology on agriculture, invasive species that limit ecological diversity and weeds that serve as health risks. In addition it looks at current weed management strategies and how they will be affected by global climate change. The book covers an increasingly important area in plant science, crop science and ecological research, and will be essential reading for anyone exploring the biological impacts of a changing environment.
The text is fully indexed, includes extensive references, and is well illustrated with numerous examples from the primary literature. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. (Choice, 1 August 2011)
Chapter 1. A Brief History of Weeds and Their Impact. Chapter 2. Carbon Dioxide and Global Warming: The "Green" in the Greenhouse Effect. Chapter 3. An Evaluation of the impact of Rising Carbon Dioxide and Climatic Change on Weed Biology: From the cell to the plant. Chapter 4. An Evaluation of the impact of Rising Carbon Dioxide and Climatic Change on Weed Biology: Competition to Community Composition. Chapter 5. Weeds on the Farm: Assessing the role of Climate Change and [CO2] on Agricultural Productivity. Chapter 6. Invasive Plants and Climate Change in Natural Ecosystems. Chapter 7. Weeds, CO2, Climate and Health: Nothing to Sneeze at. Chapter 8. Weed Management: Herbicides. Chapter 9. Weed Management: The Rest of the Story. Chapter 10. Benefits from Weeds. Chapter 11. Weeds in a Time of Climate. Appendix. Index.
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Lewis H. Ziska is a Plant Physiologist in the Crop Systems and Global Change Laboratory, United States Department of Agriculture. Jeffrey S. Dukes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources and in the Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University.