Special Issue "Super-Weeds: Knowledge of Their Biology, Physiology and Ecology Will Alleviate Their Effects on Crops and Enhance Management Options for Long-Term Control"

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Response to Abiotic Stress and Climate Change".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Nicholas Emmanuel Korres
Guest Editor
ORISE Research Scientist/United States Department of Agriculture | Agricultural Research Service
Interests: weed biology; weed ecology; weed physiology; weed demographics; population dynamics; cropping systems; weed–crop interactions; integrated weed management; herbicide resistance; system dynamics; modeling; abiotic stress; climate change.
Dr. Thomas K. Gitsopoulos
Guest Editor
HAO-DEMETER, Institute of Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources
Interests: herbicides; herbicide resistance; crop–weed competition; allelopathy; weed biology and ecology; integrated weed management.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The existence of superweeds (i.e., weeds difficult to control because of their fast growth rate, large biomass production, high fecundity, adaptability to a wide range of environments, and capacity to easily develop herbicide resistance) and the consequences that follow their presence are undoubtedly among the biggest challenges that farmers are currently facing. Superweeds have spread across the globe and cause significant economic damage through yield losses and the increase of production costs. The development of resistance to herbicides, one of the main causes of the spread of superweeds, was accelerated due to the use of monocultures, the overdependence on a single herbicide mode of action, and the neglect of other weed-control measures. The wide adoption of herbicide-resistant genetically modified crops in many food-production systems has encouraged producers to abandon practices for integrated weed-management approaches. In light of public concern about sustainable food production, the necessity for human and environmental protection, along with the evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds, the review of current weed-control practices is required. Furthermore, in order to achieve effective weed control, it is necessary to understand the biology, ecophysiology, and population dynamics of these species within agroecosystems. This Special Issue aims to include work related to the biology and (eco)physiology of superweeds. Work related with the ecology and traits that enhance the invasiveness of these species would be an asset to this Special Issue. Articles on crop–weed relationships and consequences related with economic or environmental costs due to the presence of superweeds are also welcome. Finally, ecology-based weed tactics or integrated weed-management approaches that secure the long-term control of superweeds will also be considered for publication.

Prof. Dr. Nicholas Emmanuel Korres
Dr. Thomas K. Gitsopoulos
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • abiotic stress
  • competitive ability
  • crop–weed interactions
  • cropping systems
  • ecophysiology
  • ecology
  • herbicide resistance
  • fecundity
  • growth analysis
  • integrated weed control
  • phenology
  • physiology
  • population dynamics
  • stress tolerance
  • weed biology.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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