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Weeds Management in Sustainable Agriculture System

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Agriculture".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024 | Viewed by 480

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Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA
Interests: weed science; weed control; integrated weed management; herbicide resistance; integrated pest management

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Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
Interests: weed science; herbicide resistance; integrated weed management; molecular biology; mechanism of resistance; weed control

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Faculty of Agriculture, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Cluj‐Napoca, Romania
Interests: pedo-amelioration and soil erosion control studies; analysis of variance (ANOVA); anti-erosion systems; carbon sequestration
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Dear Colleagues,

Sustainable crop production is necessary in order to ensure global food security and environmental safety. Weed management faces many challenges, including herbicide resistance, invasive species, climate change, and various non-chemical control methods. In order to tackle these challenges, weed management must evolve to embrace a more holistic approach to achieving sustainability in agricultural systems, and develop a range of strategies that focus on minimizing reliance on herbicides. These approaches include crop rotation, cover crops, mulching, mechanical weed control, integrated weed management, targeted herbicide application, and weed seed management. Sustainable weed management requires a combination of these methods in order to diminish the pressure of weeds, maintain soil health, and optimize crop yields, thus ensuring the long-term sustainability of agricultural systems.

This Special Issue aims to collect original articles and reviews that report upon the advantages of adopting sustainable weed management in agricultural systems. Research areas may include, but are not limited to, the following:  harvest weed seed control; cover crops; crop rotation; non-chemical methods of weed management; integrated weed management; allelopathy, bioherbicides, robotic weeding, or intercropping

Dr. Amar Singh Godar
Dr. Leonard Piveta
Prof. Dr. Teodor Rusu
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  • harvest weed seed control (HWSC)
  • cover crops
  • crop rotation
  • non-chemical methods of weed management
  • integrated weed management
  • allelopathy
  • bioherbicides
  • robotic weeding
  • intercropping

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The Use of a Composition of Bacterial Consortia and Living Mulch to Reduce Weeds in Organic Spring Barley Cultivation as an Element of Sustainable Plant Production
by Rafał Górski, Robert Rosa, Alicja Niewiadomska, Agnieszka Wolna-Maruwka, Katarzyna Głuchowska and Anna Płaza
Sustainability 2024, 16(12), 5268; - 20 Jun 2024
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Weed infestation of cereal crops in organic farming is becoming a serious problem in agriculture. Sustainable agriculture requires the search for and implementation of crop management techniques that will reduce weeds without negatively impacting the environment. This research refers to the principles of [...] Read more.
Weed infestation of cereal crops in organic farming is becoming a serious problem in agriculture. Sustainable agriculture requires the search for and implementation of crop management techniques that will reduce weeds without negatively impacting the environment. This research refers to the principles of integrated plant protection in sustainable agriculture, allowing the use of chemical plant protection products to be limited to the absolute minimum. Technology for growing spring barley based on the use of bacterial consortia in combination with living mulch (LM) can be an interesting approach to this problem. The aim of this three-year field research was to determine the effects of bacterial consortia and LM on the level of weed infestation in the organic spring barley crop. Two factors were tested in the experiment: bacterial consortia factors: control (without bacterial consortia); 1—Bacillus megaterium var. phosphaticum and Arthrobacter agilis; 2—Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus amyloliquefaciens, and Pseudomonas fluorescens; and LM: control (without LM); red clover; red clover + Italian ryegrass; and Italian ryegrass. This research demonstrated that the bacterial consortia tested significantly reduced both the biomass and number of weeds, including the following dominant weeds: Chenopodium album, Sinapis arvensis, Elymus repens, and Tripleurospermum inodorum. The use of LM also significantly reduced the weed infestation of spring barley stands. The lowest biomass and number of weeds, with the exception of Elymus repens, were recorded on objects with LM Italian ryegrass in spring barley in combination with bacterial consortium 2. The introduction of cultivation with LM Italian ryegrass or its mixture with red clover and the use of bacteria should be recommended for the practice of sustainable agriculture, which will reduce weeds through an ecological method. Full article
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