Fundamentals of Weed Science, Fifth Edition, provides the latest information on this constantly advancing area of study. Placing weed management in the largest context of weed research and science, the book presents the latest advances in the role, control and potential uses of weed plants. From the emergence and genetic foundation of weeds, to the latest means of control and environmental impact, the book uses an ecological framework to explore the role of responsible and effective weed control in agriculture. In addition, users will find discussions of related areas where research is needed for additional understanding.
Explored topics include the roles of culture, economics and politics in weed management, all areas that enable scientists and students to further understand the larger effects on society.
2. Weeds - The Beginning
3. Weed Classification
5. Weed Reproduction and Dispersal
6. Weed Ecology
7. Weed Population Genetics
8. Invasive Plants
10. Methods of Weed Management
11. Weed Management in Organic Agricultural Systems
12. Biological Weed Control
13. Introduction to Chemical Weed Control
14. Herbicides and Plants
15. Herbicides and Soil
16. Properties and Uses of Herbicides
17. Herbicide Formulation
18. The Role and Future of Genetic Modification in Weed Science
19. The Problem and Study of Herbicide Resistance
20. Herbicides and the Environment
21. Pesticide Legislation and Registration
22. Weed Management Systems
23. Weed Science - The Future
Appendix A: List of Crops by Common Name
Appendix B: List of Weeds by Common Name Glossary Index
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 society's 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.
Reviews of earlier editions:
"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
Reviews of 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