10. Benefits from Weeds

  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.ch10

Weed Biology and Climate Change

Weed Biology and Climate Change

How to Cite

Ziska, L. H. and Dukes, J. S. (2010) Benefits from Weeds, in Weed Biology and Climate Change, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470958674.ch10

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



  • benefits from weeds;
  • giant reed, or Arundo donax, pernicious weeds of Riparian landscapes - in southwestern United States;
  • current and potential uses of weeds - in food and feed, medicines, and their use in agroecosystems;
  • invasive weeds in Idaho;
  • rising CO2, reducing nitrogen content - need for nitrogen in carbon fixation reduced;
  • crop diversity preservation - each adaptation, a different response;
  • selected plant species and chemical compounds - remedies for ailments, throughout human culture;
  • intriguing weeds in medicine, sweet Annie (Artemisia species) - annual herb native to China, known as qinghao;
  • agroecological benefits from weeds;
  • weeds, and harm - principal focus of weed biology


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Feed and Food

  • Medicinal Uses

  • Agroecological Benefits from Weeds

  • Phytoremediation

  • Biofuels

  • Summary

  • References