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Weed Biology and Management : Bioelectric Engineering - Inderjit

Weed Biology and Management

Bioelectric Engineering

By: Inderjit (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 29th February 2004
ISBN: 9781402017612
Number Of Pages: 553

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Weeds hold an enigmatic and sometimes-controversial place in agriculture, where they are generally reviled, grudgingly tolerated, and occasionally admired. In most cases, growers make considerable effort to reduce the negative economic impact of weeds because they compete with crops for resources and hinder field operations, thereby affecting crop productivity and quality, and ultimately the sustainability of agriculture. Weed control in production agriculture is commonly achieved through the integration of chemical, biological, and mechanical management methods. Chemicals (herbicides) usually inhibit the growth and establishment of weed plants by interfering with various physiological and biochemical pathways. Biological methods include crop competition, smother crops, rotation crops, and allelopathy, as well as specific insect predators and plant pathogens. Mechanical methods encompass an array of tools from short handled hoes to sophisticated video-guided robotic machines. Integrating these technologies, in order to relieve the negative impacts of weeds on crop production in a way that allows growers to optimize profits and preserve human health and the environment, is the science of weed management.

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"Weeds have long been a concern of agriculturalists, and they continue to challenge weed scientists and farmers. ... In 25 chapters, this book deals with such diverse topics as the evaluation of allelopathy, enhancing allelopathy through crop improvement, the beneficial effects of weeds under selected conditions, unique approaches to the study of host-parasite relationships within parasitic weeds, and the examination of `period thresholds' as opposed to `zero tolerance' of weeds. ... Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above; general readers." (R. Frederiksen, CHOICE, Vol. 42 (5), 2005)

Invasive Plants: Ecology and Managementp. 1
Invasive Ecology of Weeds in Agricultural Systemsp. 29
Crop-Associated Weeds: The Strategy for Adaptationp. 47
Evolutionary Biology of the Foxtail (Setaria) Species-Groupp. 65
Aquatic Weedsp. 115
Agroecological Benefits from Weedsp. 137
Rising Carbon Dioxide and Weed Ecologyp. 159
Molecular Aspects of Host-Parasite Interactions: Opportunities for Engineering Resistance to Parasitic Weedsp. 177
Altered Herbicide Target Sites: Implications for Herbicide-Resistant Weed Managementp. 199
Herbicide Resistance: Moving Beyond Simple explanationsp. 211
Fate and Behavior of Herbicides in Tropical Soilsp. 227
Diversified Weed Management Systemsp. 251
Soil-Improving Practices for Ecological Weed Managementp. 267
Weed Management in Low-External-Input and Organic Farming Systemsp. 285
Improvement of Allelopathy in Crops for Weed Management - Possibilities, Breeding, Strategies and Toolsp. 317
Weed Management under No-Tillage Systems in Tropical Regionsp. 329
Soil Solarization: An eco-friendly Approach for Weed Managementp. 345
Rationale, Approach and Adoption of Integrated Weed Managementp. 363
Adjuvants: Tools for Enhancing Herbicide Performancep. 375
Alternate Weed Management Strategies for Landscape and Turf Settingsp. 403
Biological Control of Parasitic Weeds with Plant Pathogensp. 423
Recent Approaches to Orobanche Management: A Reviewp. 439
A Review on Weed Control in Sugar Beet: From Tolerance Zero to Period Thresholdp. 467
Control of Problem Weeds and Net Returns with Herbicide Programs in Peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.)p. 485
Competitiveness of Rice Cultivars as a Tool for Crop-Based Weed Managementp. 517
Author Indexp. 539
Subject Indexp. 541
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ISBN: 9781402017612
ISBN-10: 1402017618
Series: Bioelectric Engineering
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 553
Published: 29th February 2004
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 17.0  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.14