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Integrated weed management for sustainable agriculture


Bob Zimdahl is Professor Emeritus of Weed Science at Colorado State University, USA. He is a Fellow of the Weed Science Society of America, Western Society of Weed Science, American Society of Agronomy, and former Editor of Weed Science. He has published widely on weed science, including the standard text Fundamentals of Weed Science, currently in its fourth edition.



Publication date:

14 December 2017

Length of book:

476 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786761644

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"This is an excellent overview of the latest thinking in weed management, with chapters written by some of the most prominent authorities conducting research today… the book is a valuable addition to the literature, and one that will be widely used as a key reference".
Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems

Weeds remain a major obstacle to increased yields. Past reliance on herbicides is no longer sufficient with increasing concerns about environmental effects, regulation and resistance. This has led to the development of integrated weed management (IWM) which includes herbicides as part of a broader array of cultural, physical and biological methods of control. This volume reviews key research on the use of IWM in sustainable agriculture.

Parts 1 and 2 introduce weed ecology and IWM principles, including surveillance, risk assessment and planning an IWM programme. Part 3 summarises the role of herbicides in IWM whilst Part 4 reviews the range of cultural and physical methods of weed control. The final part of the book surveys biological techniques for weed control.

With its eminent editor and international range of expert authors, this will be a standard reference for weed scientists, the agricultural community and the pesticide industry as well as government and non-governmental agencies supporting a more sustainable agriculture.

Key features

  • Summarises latest research on IWM principles and methods 
  • Assesses current challenges facing herbicide use 
  • Detailed review of the range of cultural, physical and biological methods of control available for IWM.

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What others are saying...

“Bob Zimdahl has been a true Renaissance thinker throughout his career as a weed scientist. He has addressed controversial problems and challenged the status quo in commercial agriculture. Today global agriculture is facing greater problems than ever before in history. This volume edited by Profesor Zimdahl provides a range of perspectives and a sustainable framework for managing the continuing threat from weeds to food, fuel and fiber production in the future.”
Professor Michael D. K. Owen, Iowa State University, USA

Table of contents

Part 1 Weeds
1.Weed ecology and population dynamics: Adam S. Davis, USDA-ARS, USA;
2.Weed-plant interactions: Bruce Maxwell, Montana State University, USA;
3.Invasive weed species and their effects: David R. Clements, Trinity Western University, Canada;

Part 2 IWM principles
4.Key issues and challenges of integrated weed management: C. J. Swanton and T. Valente, University of Guelph, Canada;
5.Ethical issues in integrated weed management: Robert L. Zimdahl, Colorado State University, USA
6.Surveillance and monitoring of weed populations: Anita Dille, Kansas State University, USA;

Part 3 Using herbicides in integrated weed management
7.Site-specific weed management: S. A. Clay and S. A. Bruggeman, South Dakota State University, USA;
8.Assessing and minimizing the environmental effects of herbicides: Chris Preston, University of Adelaide, Australia;
9.Trends in the development of herbicide-resistant weeds: Ian Heap, International Survey of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds, USA;

Part 4 Cultural and physical methods for weed control
10.The role of herbicide-resistant crops in integrated weed management: Prashant Jha, Montana State University, USA; and Krishna Reddy, USDA-ARS, USA;
11.Cultural techniques to manage weeds: Matt Liebman, Iowa State University, USA;
12.The use of rotations and cover crops to manage weeds: John R. Teasdale, USDA-ARS, USA;
13.Developments in physical weed control: Eric R. Gallandt, University of Maine, USA; Daniel Brainard, Michigan State University, USA; and Bryan Brown, University of Maine, USA;
14.Flame weeding techniques: Stevan Z. Knezevic, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA;
15.Soil solarization: a sustainable method for weed management: Baruch Rubin, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; and Abraham Gamliel, The Volcani Center, Israel;
16.Weed management in organic crop cultivation: Greta Gramig, North Dakota State University, USA;

Part 5 Biological methods for weed control
17.The use of allelopathy and competitive crop cultivars for weed suppression in cereal crops: James M. Mwendwa, Charles Sturt University, Australia; Jeffrey D. Weidenhamer, Ashland University, USA; and Leslie A. Weston, Charles Sturt University, Australia;
18.Bio-herbicides: an overview: Erin Rosskopf, USDA-ARS, United States Horticultural Laboratory, USA; Raghavan Charudattan, BioProdex Inc., USA; and William Bruckart, USDA-ARS, Foreign Disease-Weed Science Research Unit, USA
19.The use of microorganisms in integrated weed management: Susan M. Boyetchko, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada , Canada;
20.The use of bacteria in integrated weed management: Ann C. Kennedy, USDA-ARS and Washington State University, USA;
21.The use of insects in integrated weed management: Sandrine Petit and David A. Bohan, UMR Agroécologie, AgroSup Dijon, INRA, Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté, France;