Australian Weed Management Systems

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Australian Weed Management Systems is edited by Brian M. Sindel. Dr Sindel is Professor in Weed Science at the University of New England (UNE) where his research focuses on the ecology and management of weeds. Prior to joining UNE he spent several years with CSIRO developing Australian native grasses for revegetation of degraded land. He had a major involvement in the education program of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Weed Management Systems, and its successor the CRC for Australian Weed Management.

Weeds are a highly successful component of most Australian ecosystems. These include arable and grazing lands, forests, rangelands and aquatic habitats. Weeds poison and injure livestock, contaminate produce, interfere with the growth and harvesting of crops, and reduce the productivity of pastures. Moreover, weeds restrict access to, and reduce the conservation value of national parks and other natural ecosystems. This book provides the principles to help you manage weeds effectively and economically.

This book presents weed management systems from an Australian perspective. It discusses the threat that weeds pose and their impact on the Australian economy. It examines the tactics and capabilities that allow weeds to be as successful as they are. All available methods for their control and management are examined in detail including physical, chemical and biological systems. The question 'How well have Australians managed to integrate weed control and what is the cost of doing so?' is answered. Weed management strategies are devised for cropping systems, pastures, vegetables, orchards and vineyards, lawns and turf, plantation forests, rangelands and aquatic systems. The book concludes with a discussion of the challenges being faced and future directions for weed management.

If you are a land manager or advisor, university or college student, postgraduate, lecturer, extension worker or researcher, then this book is for you. The textbook has been developed in close association with the unit in Integrated Weed Management, which is being taught at the University of New England. It is the first complete exposition of weed management systems written in Australia for Australians. The authors are all leaders in their respective fields and represent all States of Australia. The Cooperative Research Centre for Weed Management Systems had the vision for this book and provided financial backing for its production.

A revised and updated edition of the book is due out soon

Contents

PREFACE

Acknowledgments

PART 1. INTRODUCTION TO WEEDS

1. Weeds and their Impact. Brian M. Sindel

PART 2. THE ASCENDANCY OF WEEDS AND THEIR PLACE IN THE SYSTEM

2. Weed Invasion, Distribution and Succession. John K. Scott
3. Weed Ecology and Population Dynamics. Andy W. Sheppard
4. Weed Interference. Gurjeet S. Gill and Rob M. Davidson

PART 3. AVAILABLE CONTROL TECHNIQUES

5. Principles of Regional Weed Management, Legislation and Quarantine. Richard J. Carter
6. Tillage and other Physical Management Methods. James E. Pratley
7. Cultural Management Methods. Deirdre Lemerle and Clare E. Murphy
8. Grazing Management Methods. Douglas A. Friend and David R. Kemp
9. Classical Biological Control. David T. Briese
10. Inundative Biological Control of Weeds – the Bioherbicide Tactic. Cheryl F. McRae and Bruce A. Auld
11. Herbicide Mode of Action and Herbicide Resistance. Christopher Preston
12. Application and Fate of Herbicides in the Environment. John H. Kent and Christopher Preston

PART 4. HISTORICAL AND ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES ON WEED MANAGEMENT

13. The History of Integrated Weed Management. Brian M. Sindel
14. The Economics of Weed Control. Randall E. Jones

PART 5. DEVISING THE STRATEGIES

15. Crop Weed Management Systems. Stephen B. Powles and David G. Bowran
16. Weed Management in Pasture Systems. Peter M. Dowling, David L. Michalk and Brian M. Sindel
17. Environmental Weed Management Systems. John A. Vranjic, Richard H. Groves and Anthony J. Willis
18. Vegetable Weed Management Systems. Craig W.L. Henderson and Andrew C. Bishop
19. Tree Crop and Viticultural Weed Management Systems. Kerry C. Harrington
20. Weed Management in Lawns and Sports Turf. Gary W. Beehag
21. Weed Management in Plantation Forests. Michael F. Hall
22. Weed Management in Australian Rangelands. Anthony C. Grice
23. The Management of Aquatic Weeds. David S. Mitchell and Jann E. Williams

PART 6. THE FUTURE

24. Challenges and Future Approaches to Weed Management. Stephen W. Adkins and Steven R. Walker

INDEX

Scientific and Common Names Index
Subject Index

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