Weed and Pest Control: Molecular Biology, Practices and Environmental Impact


Ilias S. Travlos (Editor)
Laboratory of Agronomy, Department of Crop Science, School of Agriculture, Engineering and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Dimitrios J. Bilalis (Editor)
Laboratory of Agronomy, Department of Crop Science, School of Agriculture, Engineering and Environmental Sciences, Agricultural University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Demosthenis Chachalis (Editor)
Benaki Phytopathological Institute, Greece

Series: Plant Science Research and Practices
BISAC: SCI049000

In this book, current research is presented no the study of weed and pest control with a special focus on molecular biology, agronomic practices and environmental impact. Topics discussed include integrated weed management in winter cereals; control of Orobanche spp. in terms of molecular aspects and agronomic practices; alien plant species invading rare and protected habitats; “belowground” seedbank processes as alternative non-chemical options for weed control; glyphosate-resistant volunteer maize (Zea mays L.) and its impact and management; the case of several Fabaceae weeds in terms of their tolerance to glyphosate and its mechanisms; the case of the invasive pest Phyllocnistis citrella and some proposed control strategies; pollen provisioning for the conservation of omnivorous phytoseiids: an integrated approach for pest control in protected cropping systems, vineyards and orchards; aphidophagous ladybird beetles as biological control agents and the use of Bacillus spp. as a biocontrol agent. By means of the above mentioned chapters, it is shown how management of several noxious weeds and pests should be achieved, relies on the several achievements of molecular biology and minimizes the negative environmental effects of a sole and non-orthologic chemical control. Integrated management of weeds and pests gives the opportunity to significantly reduce the use of pesticides by utilizing a variety of methods, including cultural, biological and structural strategies to control a multitude of weed and pest problems, and keep them from becoming a problem.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Chapter 1
Integrated Weed Management in Winter Cereals in Southern Europe
(Anestis Karkanis, Ilias S. Travlos, Dimitrios J. Bilalis and Elissavet-Ioanna Tabaxi, Department of Agriculture Crop Production and Rural Environment, University of Thessaly, Fytokou Str, Volos, Magnesia, Greece, and others)

Chapter 2
Control of Orobanche spp.: Molecular Aspects and Agronomic Practices
(Aliki Kapazoglou, Eleni Tani and Demosthenis Chachalis, Agricultural University of Athens, Department of Crop Science, Laboratory of Plant Breeding, Athens, Greece, and others)

Chapter 3
Alien Plant Species Invading Rare and Protected Habitats in Slovenia
(Nina Sajna, Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia)

Chapter 4
Integrating Belowground Non-Chemical Approaches for Future Weed Management
(Hanwen Wu, Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Wagga Wagga NSW, Australia)

Chapter 5
Glyphosate-Resistant Volunteer Maize (Zea mays L.): Impact and Management
(Parminder S. Chahal, Prashant Jha, Tamra Jackson-Ziems, Robert Wright, and Amit J. Jhala, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, USA, and others)

Chapter 6
Why are Some Weeds Glyphosate Tolerant? The Case of Fabaceae Weeds
(Antonia M. Rojano Delgado, Ilias S. Travlos and Rafael Amian De Prado, Department of Agricultural Chemistry and Soil Science, Campus of Rabanales, and Agroalimentary Excellence Campus, University of Córdoba, Córdoba, Spain, and others)

Chapter 7
Phyllocnistis citrella Stainton (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae), an Invasive Pest of Citrus in Greece: from Introduction to Control Strategies
(Antonios E. Tsagkarakis and Argyro P. Kalaitzaki, Laboratory of Agricultural Zoology and Entomology, Agricultural University of Athens, Athens, Greece, and others)

Chapter 8
Pollen Provisioning for the Conservation of Omnivorous Phytoseiids: An Integrated Approach for Pest Control in Protected Cropping Systems, Vineyards and Orchards
(Yonatan Maoz, Einat Adar, Shira Gal, Yaari Ira and Eric Palevsky, Newe Yaar Research Center Agricultural Research Organization, Ministry of Agriculture, Ramat Yishay, Israel, and others)

Chapter 9
Aphidophagous Ladybird Beetles as Biological Control Agents
(Nikos E. Papanikolaou and Panagiotis P. Milonas, Biological Control Laboratory, Benaki Phytopathological Institute, Greece)

Chapter 10
The Use of Bacillus spp. as Biocontrol Agent
(Bing Li, Biofuels Institute, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, China)


Additional Information

This book is written for agronomists, students and anyone who has interest on integrated management approaches of weeds and pests. Agrochemical companies (industry), research institutes and universities (academic) can find this book useful for their work, too. Several stakeholders can find here some recent data on very interesting topics.

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