Fundamentals of Weed Science

Fundamentals of Weed Science

3rd Edition - September 6, 2007

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  • Author: Robert Zimdahl
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080549859

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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, enabling scientists and students to understand the larger effects on society.

Key Features


  • Information on New herbicides included, along with the old herbicides that are important for understanding the history
  • New section on weed resistance to herbicides and genetic engineering
  • New information on invasive plants
  • Expanded chapters on Biological Control, Pesticide Legislation and Regulation, Weed Management Systems, and more


Graduate students, faculty, and researchers in weed science; government officials.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 Introduction; Chapter 2 Weeds - The Beginning; Chapter 3 Weed Classification; Chapter 4 Ethnobotany; Chapter 5 Weed Reproduction and Dispersal; Chapter 6 Weed Ecology; Chapter 7 Invasive Plants; Chapter 8 Allelopathy; Chapter 9 The Significance of Plant Competition; Chapter 10 Methods of Weed Management and Control; Chapter 11 Biological Weed Control; Chapter 12 Introduction to Chemical Weed Control; Chapter 13 Properties and Uses of Herbicides; Chapter 14 Herbicides and Plants; Chapter 15 Herbicides and Soil; Chapter 16 Herbicide Formulation; Chapter 17 Herbicides and the Environment; Chapter 18 Pesticide Legislation and Registration; Chapter 19 Weed Management Systems; Chapter 20 Weed Science - The Future; Appendix A: List of Crops by Common Name; Appendix B: List of Weeds by Common Name; Glossary; Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 688
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2007
  • Published: September 6, 2007
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080549859

About the Author

Robert Zimdahl

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. He is the author of Fundamentals of Weed Science, and Six Chemicals that Changed Agriculture both from Elsevier.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Weed Science, Colorado State University, CO, USA

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