1. A Brief History of Weeds and their Impact

  1. Lewis H. Ziska Ph.D. Plant Physiologist1 and
  2. Jeffrey S. Dukes Ph.D. Associate Professor2,3

Published Online: 16 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470958674.ch1

Weed Biology and Climate Change

Weed Biology and Climate Change

How to Cite

Ziska, L. H. and Dukes, J. S. (2010) A Brief History of Weeds and their Impact, in Weed Biology and Climate Change, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470958674.ch1

Author Information

  1. 1

    Crop Systems and Global Change Laboratory, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Building 1, 10300 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD 20705, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, USA

  3. 3

    Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, 715 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 17 DEC 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813814179

Online ISBN: 9780470958674



  • weeds and their impact - a brief history;
  • weeds, the largest single limitation on crop yield;
  • weeds, affecting every aspect of our lives - quality of food we eat, and state of our health;
  • weed science, subset of botany - multidisciplinary science, and systematic understanding of weed biology;
  • weed science books - listing a cultural and scientifically derived definitions;
  • “weed” - anthrocentric and flexible;
  • weeds, classified on the basis of their life history;
  • cropland, well-recognized habitats for weeds;
  • weed ecology, aspect of weed biology - population dynamics of weed species in managed and unmanaged plant communities;
  • weed management, and integrated pest management (IPM) - not a single control measure per se


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Weed Classification

  • A Few Basic Principles of Weed Ecology

  • The Harm that Weeds Do

  • Weed Management

  • Summary

  • References