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Ecology of Weed and Invasive Plants: Relationship to Agriculture and Natural Resource Management

By: Steven R Radosevich, Jodie S Holt and Claudio M Ghersa

454 pages, diagrams

John Wiley & Sons

Hardback | Sep 2007 | Edition: 3 | #173829 | ISBN-13: 9780471767794
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This is the classic reference on weeds and invasive plants, revised and updated (previously published under the title "Weed Ecology"). The Third Edition of the authoritative reference gives readers an in-depth understanding of how weeds and invasive plants develop and interact in the environment so they can manage and control them more effectively. The guide includes an introduction to weeds and invasive plants in various environments and an overview of their ecology and evolution.

With extensive examples, it focuses on the biological features of weeds and invasive plants, especially as they exist in agriculture, forests, rangelands, and natural ecosystems; includes coverage of exotic invasive plants; discusses a variety of methods and tools for managing weeds and invasive plants, including physical, cultural, biological, and chemical approaches; examines systems approaches for management, including modern Integrated Pest Management; and, addresses future challenges for scientists, farmers, and land managers.

Overall, the changes make the third edition a worthwhile purchase even for those who already own the second... If one is looking for a book that covers the basics of weed science from a traditional perspective this is a fine selection: well-written and remarkably concise for a complicated topic. (Economic Botany, 2010)


Chapter 1. Weeds and Invasive Plants.
Chapter 2. Principles of Weed and Invasive Plant Ecology.
Chapter 3. Invasibility of Agricultural and Natural Ecosystems.
Chapter 4. Evolution of Weeds and Invasive Plants.
Chapter 5. Weed Demography and Population Dynamics.
Chapter 6. Plant-Plant Associations.
Chapter 7. Weed and Invasive Plant Management Approaches, Methods and Tools.
Chapter 8. Herbicides.
Chapter 9. Systems Approaches for Weed and Invasive Plant Management.

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Steven R. Radosevich, PHD, is a Professor of Forest Science, Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Forest Science, and an Adjunct Professor of Crop Science and Soil Science at Oregon State University. He is the author of Weed Ecology: Implications for Management, the first textbook on the ecology of weedy plants (now in its second edition) and over 100 scientific papers. Jodie S. Holt, PHD, is a Professor of Plant Physiology and Chair of the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at the University of California, Riverside. She is the coauthor of the first two editions of this book and has authored numerous technical papers. Claudio M. Ghersa, PHD, is an Associate Professor of Ecology in the Department of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Buenos Aires and Principal Researcher at the National Research Council (CONICET) in Argentina. He has contributed to or coauthored twelve books.

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