Special Issue "Herbicide Resistance in Plants"

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Protection".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2019.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Hugh J. Beckie

Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI), School of Agriculture and Environment, University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia
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Phone: (61) 08 6488 4615
Interests: herbicide resistance; herbicide-resistant crops; herbicide-resistant weeds; integrated weed management; transgenic crops

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Relentless evolution of herbicide-resistant (HR) weeds is an important global issue, with implications for food security and economic, agronomic, and environmental sustainability. The introduction of glyphosate-resistant crops in 1996 heralded a new level of weed control over the next 10 years but was followed by increasing evolution of glyphosate-resistant weeds. Today, the alarming occurrence of multiple resistance in weed populations concomitant with the paucity of herbicides over the past 30 years with a major new mode of action has led to increasing reliance on combined—or stacked—trait HR crops to manage these populations. This Special Issue of Plants will highlight global trends in the occurrence of HR weeds; recent developments in target-site and non-target-site resistance mechanisms; population genetics/genomics of HR weeds; potential implications of genome/gene editing for weed management; fitness of HR weeds and implications for management; recent developments in HR weed management including socio-economic considerations for enhancing grower adoption; and current status and future outlook for HR traits in cereal, oilseed, and annual/perennial legume crops.

Prof. Hugh J. Beckie
Guest Editor

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  • genetically modified crops
  • herbicide resistance
  • herbicide-resistant crops
  • herbicide-resistant weeds
  • integrated weed management
  • transgenic crops

Published Papers (1 paper)

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Open AccessReview
Herbicide Resistance Management: Recent Developments and Trends
Received: 3 May 2019 / Revised: 31 May 2019 / Accepted: 5 June 2019 / Published: 8 June 2019
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This review covers recent developments and trends in herbicide-resistant (HR) weed management in agronomic field crops. In countries where input-intensive agriculture is practiced, these developments and trends over the past decade include renewed efforts by the agrichemical industry in herbicide discovery, cultivation of [...] Read more.
This review covers recent developments and trends in herbicide-resistant (HR) weed management in agronomic field crops. In countries where input-intensive agriculture is practiced, these developments and trends over the past decade include renewed efforts by the agrichemical industry in herbicide discovery, cultivation of crops with combined (stacked) HR traits, increasing reliance on preemergence vs. postemergence herbicides, breeding for weed-competitive crop cultivars, expansion of harvest weed seed control practices, and advances in site-specific or precision weed management. The unifying framework or strategy underlying these developments and trends is mitigation of viable weed seeds into the soil seed bank and maintaining low weed seed banks to minimize population proliferation, evolution of resistance to additional herbicidal sites of action, and spread. A key question going forward is: how much weed control is enough to consistently achieve the goal of low weed seed banks? The vision for future HR weed management programs must be sustained crop production and profitability with reduced herbicide (particularly glyphosate) dependency. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of paper: Review

Title: 'Omics' Potential in Herbicide-Resistant Weed Management

Authors: Todd Gaines1, Eric Patterson2, Anita Küpper3, Roland Beffa3,

  1. Colorado State University
  2. Michigan State University
  3. Bayer CropScience

Abstract: The fields of genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics are collectively referred to as ‘omics,’ the study of all components of a given category within an organism. Omics studies have already contributed to our understanding of weed biology and evolution, with considerable potential for new applications. Costs are decreasing and computational capacity is increasing. The major challenge to apply omics to weed science is training and expertise for weed scientists, and preparation of weed genotypes and populations suited to maximize the experimental power of omics. It is emphasized that omics provides power to generate hypotheses for biological observation, but functional validation is needed to prove causation for ideas generated from omics.

Type of paper: Review

Title: Building Resilient and Sustainable Farming Systems: The Development of Herbicide Tolerance Traits in Pulses.

Authors: Larn Mcmurray 1, Chris Preston 2, Jeff Paull 2, Simon Michelmore 3, Tim Sutton 3, Dili Mao 3

  1. Global Grains Genetics
  2. University of Adelaide
  3. South Australian Research and Development Institute

Abstract: Pulse crops have become increasingly important to Australian farming systems, providing a range of unique benefits including pest and disease breaks, improvements to soil health and greater diversity in farm risk management. With an increasing need for greater crop diversity and stability worldwide, pulse crops will continue to play a major role in sustainable farming systems. However, weed competition is a major limitation to pulse production due to inherent low levels of plant competitiveness and limited availability of safe and/or suitable herbicide control options. Herbicides are and will likely continue to be the main method of weed control in modern day farming systems. The development of novel and/or improved herbicide tolerance traits has become an innovative method to increase diversity of cropping systems and weed control options across the all rotational phases.

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