Special Issue "Weed Management in Sustainable Agricultural Production"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Ileana Bogdan
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Guest Editor
Technical Sciences and Soil Sciences Department, Agriculture Faculty, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, 3-5 Calea Manastur St, Cluj-Napoca 400372, România
Interests: weed biology and weed control; soil tillage systems; crop technologies in different agricultural systems
Prof. Dr. Teodor Rusu

Co-Guest Editor
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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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

At present, weed scientists, biologists, ecologists, and even pharmacists perceive weeds as land plants with particular biological features, with different ecological adaptation capacity and with peculiar damaging or pharmaceutically relevant properties.

Weeds compete with cultivated plants, along with pathogens, some insects and animals, and are collectively considered as natural stressors or harmful organisms. Cultivated plants are subject to protection in order to ensure healthy food and efficient use of the productive potential of soils, varieties or hybrids.

Weed control is a challenge for all sustainable agricultural systems (conservative, organic, biodynamic, or holistic agriculture). Knowledge of the involved factors on the level of the restrictive effects induced by weeds in agricultural crops is the basic principle of integrated weed management systems in any type of agriculture. The changes that occur locally in specific floristic compositions, the development of invasive weeds, the resistance of some species or varieties to the control methods applied, the technical innovations regarding weed control machines specific to sustainable agricultural systems, and sensors and mapping systems for weeds are all very important topics for the research in the field.

This Special Issue entitled "Weed Management in Sustainable Agricultural Production" aims to publish the results of the research or personal contributions of reviewers in the field of weed sciences and crop sciences in the current context of sustainable agriculture.

In this Special Issue, we seek scientifically sound manuscripts with relevance in at least one of the following topics: (1) Weed evolution in conventional, conservative, and organic farms; (2) News in weed monitoring; (3) Weed control methods or systems in sustainable agriculture; (4) Special tools and machines for organic farming; (5) Pressures created by invasive weed species in sustainable agriculture.

Prof. Dr. Ileana Bogdan
Prof. Dr. Teodor Rusu
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • sustainability
  • weed monitoring
  • weed control systems
  • organic farming
  • invasive weed species

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