Special Issue "Ecologically Sustainable Weed Management in Cropping Systems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2019).
Interests: weed biology; seed ecology; integrated weed management; herbicide use and resistance management; cultural weed control approaches
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Weeds are one of the most important biological constraints to crop production. They affect crop yield by competing with crops for sunlight, nutrients, water and space. In Australia, for example, weeds cost Australian grain growers >$3 billion dollars in yield losses and control measures. In some cases, they also affect quality of the produce.
Herbicides are used globally to manage weeds. However, the injudicious use of herbicides has resulted in the evolution of herbicide-resistant weed biotypes, weed species population shifts (i.e., hard-to-manage weeds have dominated) and increased costs of herbicides. Globally, >500 unique cases of herbicide-resistant weeds have been reported. Out of these, >300 cases are from the USA, Australia and Canada, suggesting that weed control in these countries heavily depends on herbicides. Now, China and Brazil have also >40 unique resistant cases each. These data suggest that there is a need to develop ecologically sustainable weed management practices in different cropping systems so that herbicide use can sustain for a long time. These practices should also save natural resources for the future. Some of the sustainable weed management practices are: cultural (e.g., crop competition, cover crops, etc.), mechanical (e.g., harvest weed seed control, mechanical weeders, etc.) and biological (bioherbicides, allelopathic plants, etc.).
This special issue will focus on “Ecologically sustainable weed management in cropping systems”. We welcome novel research, reviews, short communications and opinions covering all related topics including cultural, mechanical and biological weed control methods.
Dr. Bhagirath S. Chauhan
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- row spacing
- plant density/seed rate
- cover crops