Fundamentals of Weed Science

Fundamentals of Weed Science

1st Edition - August 5, 1993

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  • Author: Robert Zimdahl
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323149426

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Fundamentals of Weed Science provides an introduction to the basic principles of weed science for undergraduate courses. It discusses several aspects of weed biology and control, and traces the history of herbicide development. The book begins with an introduction to weeds, covering their definition, characteristics, harmful aspects, and the cost of weed control. This is followed chapters on weed classification, the uses of weeds, weed biology, weed ecology, allelopathy, the significance of plant competition, weed management and control methods, and biological weed control. Later chapters deal with herbicidesthe most important weed control tools and the ones with the greatest potential for untoward effects. Students of weed science must understand herbicides and the factors governing their use as well as the potential for misuse. These chapters discuss chemical weed control, the properties and uses of herbicides, factors affecting herbicide performance, herbicide application, herbicide formulation, ecological impact of herbicides, pesticide registration and legislation, weed management systems, and the future of weed science.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Chapter 1 Introduction

    Literature Cited

    Chapter 2 Weeds: The Beginning

    I. Definition of the Term "Weed"

    II. Characteristics of Weeds

    III. Harmful Aspects of Weeds

    IV. Cost of Weeds

    Things to Think About

    Literature Cited

    Chapter 3 Weed Classification

    I. Ancestry

    II. Type of Plant

    III. Habitat

    IV. Life History

    V. A Note About Names

    Things to Think About


    Chapter 4 Ethnobotany: Uses of Weeds

    I. Food for Humans

    II. Feed for Animals

    III. Medical Uses

    IV. Agricultural Uses

    V. Ornamentals

    VI. Insect or Disease Traps

    VII. Reduction of Eutrophication

    VIII. Other Uses

    Things to Think About

    Literature Cited

    Chapter 5 Weed Biology: Reproduction and Dispersal

    I. Seed Production

    II. Seed Dispersal

    III. Seed Germination: Dormancy

    IV. Vegetative or Asexual Reproduction

    Things to Think About

    Literature Cited

    Chapter 6 Weed Ecology

    I. Human Influences on Weed Ecology

    II. The Weed-Crop Ecosystem

    III. Environmental Interactions

    IV. Fundamental Ecological Concepts

    V. Plant Competition

    VI. Plant Characteristics and Competitiveness

    VII. The Relationship between Weed Density and Crop Yield

    VIII. Magnitude of Competitive Loss

    IX. Duration of Competition

    X. Economic Analysis

    Things to Think About

    Literature Cited

    Chapter 7 Allelopathy

    I. Allelopathic Chemistry

    II. Production of Allelochemicals

    III. Allelopathy and Weed-Crop Ecology

    Things to Think About


    Chapter 8 The Significance of Plant Competition

    I. General Considerations

    II. Characteristics of Weeds

    Things to Think About

    Literature Cited

    Chapter 9 Methods of Weed Management and Control

    I. Concepts of Prevention, Control, Eradication, and Management

    II. Weed Prevention

    III. Mechanical Control

    IV. Nonmechanical Methods

    V. Cultural Weed Control

    Things to Think About

    Literature Cited

    Chapter 10 Biological Weed Control

    I. Introduction

    II. Methods of Application

    III. Biological Control Agents

    IV. Integration of Techniques

    Things to Think About

    Literature Cited

    Chapter 11 Introduction to Chemical Weed Control

    I. History

    II. Advantages of Herbicides

    III. Disadvantages of Herbicides

    IV. Classification of Herbicides

    Things to Think About

    Literature Cited

    Chapter 12 Properties and Uses of Herbicides

    I. Introduction

    II. Inhibitors of Respiration and Photosynthesis

    III. Inhibitors of Plant Growth

    IV. Inhibitors of Biosynthetic Processes

    V. Nonspecific Action

    VI. Unknown Action

    VII. Summary

    Things to Think About

    Literature Sources

    Chapter 13 Herbicides and Plants

    I. Factors Affecting Herbicide Performance

    II. General Overview

    III. Foliar Active Herbicides

    IV. Physiology of Herbicides in Plants

    Things to Think About

    Literature Cited

    Chapter 14 Herbicides and Soil

    I. General Overview

    II. Soil

    III. Factors Affecting Soil-Applied Herbicides

    IV. Soil Persistence of Herbicides

    Things to Think About

    Literature Cited

    Chapter 15 Herbicide Application

    I. Introduction

    II. The Reason for Calibration

    III. Sprayer Calibration

    IV. Calibration Problems

    Things to Think About

    Literature Cited

    Chapter 16 Herbicide Formulation

    I. Introduction

    II. Types of Herbicide Formulations

    Things to Think About

    Chapter 17 Herbicides and the Ecosystem

    I. Herbicide Performance

    II. Ecological Changes

    III. Energy Relationships

    IV. The Effects of Herbicides on People

    V. Herbicide Safety

    Things to Think About

    Literature Cited

    Literature Available

    Chapter 18 Pesticide Legislation and Registration

    I. The Principles of Pesticide Regulation

    II. Federal Laws

    III. Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act

    IV. The Environmental Protection Agency

    V. Federal Environmental Pesticide Control Act

    VI. Procedural Summary

    VII. Tolerance Classes

    VIII. The Principles of Pesticide Registration

    Things to Think About

    Literature Cited

    Chapter 19 Weed Management Systems

    I. Introduction

    II. A Metaphor for Weed Management

    III. The Logical Steps of Weed Management

    IV. Weed Management Principles in Six Systems

    Things to Think About

    Literature Cited

    Chapter 20 Weed Science: The Future

    I. Research Needs

    II. Political Considerations

    III. Conclusion

    Things to Think About

    Literature Cited

    Appendix A: List of Crops by Common Name

    Appendix B: List of Weeds by Common Name



Product details

  • No. of pages: 464
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1993
  • Published: August 5, 1993
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323149426

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