Weed Ecology in Natural and Agricultural Systems

Paper: 978 0 85199 528 1 / $75.00
Published: February 2003  

Publisher: CABI
288 pp., 6 7/8" x 9 3/4"
Ecology is central to our understanding of how and why weeds invade and yet there are few books that link introductory weed science texts with more advanced ecology books. This textbook introduces ecological principles to students interested in weed science and weed management. It includes examples from the weed and invasive species literature to illustrate the ecological principles discussed. It is suitable reading for final year undergraduates and graduates.

Table of Contents:
Ecology of weeds

Population Ecology
* Describing the distribution and abundance of populations
* The structure and dynamics of populations
* Sexual reproduction
* Asexual reproduction
* From seed to seedling
* Growing up, getting old and dying

Interactions Among Populations
* Interactions among populations I: Competition and allelopathy
* Interactions among populations II: Herbivory, parasitism, and mutualisms
* Studying populations and their interactions

Community Ecology
* Basic community concepts and diversity
* Community dynamics: succession and assembly
* Plant invasions
* Studying community structure and dynamics

* The importance of weed ecology to management
* Common and latin names of weed species

Reviews & Endorsements:
"As an undergraduate text [the book] does a superb job of traversing the wide expanse of ecology... several chapters should be key components of any course on understanding weed ecology."
- Biological Invasions
"The information is provided in short chapters, which are very well written, have their own comprehensive reference lists, and contain many excellent examples from around the world. The book will be an extremely valuable textbook for undergraduate and graduate students studying weed science and agriculture."
- Biological Agriculture and Horticulture
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