Agricultural weed research: a critique and two proposals

Ward, Sarah M.; Cousens, Roger D.; Bagavathiannan, Muthukumar V.; Barney, Jacob N.; Beckie, Hugh J.; Busi, Roberto; Davis, Adam S.; Dukes, Jeffrey S.; Forcella, Frank; Freckleton, Robert P.; Gallandt, Eric R.; Hall, Linda M.; Jasieniuk, Marie; Lawton Rauh, Amy; Lehnhoff, Erik A.; Liebman, Matt; Maxwell, Bruce D.; Mesgaran, Mohsen B.; Murray, Justine V.; Neve, Paul; Nuñez, Martin Andres; Pauchard, Anibal; Queenborough, Simon A.; Webber, Bruce L.
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Two broad aims drive weed science research: improved management and improved understanding of weed biology and ecology. In recent years, agricultural weed research addressing these two aims has effectively split into separate subdisciplines despite repeated calls for greater integration. Although some excellent work is being done, agricultural weed research has developed a very high level of repetitiveness, a preponderance of purely descriptive studies, and has failed to clearly articulate novel hypotheses linked to established bodies of ecological and evolutionary theory. In contrast, invasive plant research attracts a diverse cadre of nonweed scientists using invasions to explore broader and more integrated biological questions grounded in theory. We propose that although studies focused on weed management remain vitally important, agricultural weed research would benefit from deeper theoretical justification, a broader vision, and increased collaboration across diverse disciplines. To initiate change in this direction, we call for more emphasis on interdisciplinary training for weed scientists, and for focused workshops and working groups to develop specific areas of research and promote interactions among weed scientists and with the wider scientific community.
Fil: Ward, Sarah M. . State University Of Colorado - Fort Collins; Estados Unidos
Fil: Cousens, Roger D.. The University Of Melbourne; Australia
Fil: Bagavathiannan, Muthukumar V.. Texas A&M University; Estados Unidos
Fil: Barney, Jacob N.. Virginia Tech University; Estados Unidos
Fil: Beckie, Hugh J.. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; Canadá
Fil: Busi, Roberto. University of Western Australia; Australia
Fil: Davis, Adam S.. University Of Illinois; Estados Unidos
Fil: Dukes, Jeffrey S.. Purdue University; Estados Unidos
Fil: Forcella, Frank.
Fil: Freckleton, Robert P.. University of Sheffield; Reino Unido
Fil: Gallandt, Eric R.. University of Maine; Estados Unidos
Fil: Hall, Linda M.. University of Edmonton; Canadá
Fil: Jasieniuk, Marie. University of California; Estados Unidos
Fil: Lawton Rauh, Amy. Clemson University; Estados Unidos
Fil: Lehnhoff, Erik A.. Montana State University; Estados Unidos
Fil: Liebman, Matt. Iowa State University; Estados Unidos
Fil: Maxwell, Bruce D.. Montana State University; Estados Unidos
Fil: Mesgaran, Mohsen B.. The University Of Melbourne; Australia
Fil: Murray, Justine V.. CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences and Water for Healthy Country Flagship; Australia
Fil: Neve, Paul. Rothamsted Research; Reino Unido
Fil: Nuñez, Martin Andres. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro Científico Tecnológico Patagonia Norte. Instituto de Investigación en Biodiversidad y Medioambiente; Argentina. Universidad Nacional del Comahue. Centro Regional Universitario Bariloche. Laboratorio de Ecotono; Argentina
Fil: Pauchard, Anibal. Universidad de Concepción; Chile
Fil: Queenborough, Simon A.. Ohio State University; Estados Unidos
Fil: Webber, Bruce L.. CSIRO Ecosystems Sciences; Australia
biological invasions
non native species
Agricultura, Silvicultura y Pesca
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