Special Issue "Weed Ecology and Management"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2020).
Interests: weed ecology; IWM; herbicide resistance; invasive weed species; sustainable weed control; ecosystem services
Weeds are typically associated with crops based on their harmfulness and infestation capacity. However, these crop-weed relationships are constantly evolving and the strategic vision of weed control has undergone marked changes in recent decades. The excessive selection pressure exerted by herbicides has generated a scenario where resistance is present in weed species throughout the world. Furthermore, many of the processes involved in the appearance of resistance mechanisms are not entirely clear, nor are the physiological processes derived from them. This scenario, together with the growing persistence of infestations, is forcing us to rethink integrated weed management (IWM) programs more than ever.
The implementation of an IWM program requires in depth knowledge about the biology and ecology of the species to be controlled. This knowledge must be supported by robust models that allow for predicting population behavior (i.e. germination, growth and competition) and weed response to different control methods, as well as the development of decision support systems. There are equally as interesting eco-innovative contributions for organic farming that include a range of physical and cultural control methods, as well as the study of the allelopathic effect of natural substances. The strategic vision of the role of weeds in agricultural systems and the rise of studies about the ecosystem services they provide (such as favoring the presence of seed predators, pollinators or acting as an auxiliary wildlife refuge), creates also an interesting scenario of study in which ecology, agronomy and conservation biology converge.
In this Special Issue, we welcome the submission of scientific articles focused on weed ecology and management, and that intend to answer fundamental questions about what makes a weed a weed, and the ever-changing ecosystem services they supply. Most importantly, there is the need to address applied questions regarding the design of sustainable weed management systems.
Prof. Dr. Jordi Recasens
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- weed ecology
- weed control
- herbicide resistance
- integrated weed management
- cover crops
- ecosystem services