7. Weeds, CO2, Climate, and Health

  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.ch7

Weed Biology and Climate Change

Weed Biology and Climate Change

How to Cite

Ziska, L. H. and Dukes, J. S. (2010) Weeds, CO2, Climate, and Health, in Weed Biology and Climate Change, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470958674.ch7

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, CO2, climate and health;
  • increasing CO2 and climate change - altering impact of agricultural and invasive weed species;
  • environmental threats, by weeds - public cognizant of how weeds can directly affect their health;
  • weeds, having spines, burs, needles, thorns - puncturing skin of the unwary;
  • allergic diseases, as sixth leading cause - of chronic illness in the United States;
  • plant induced increases in allergic rhinitis and asthma - three distinct seasonal sources of plant-based allergens;
  • negative effect of weeds - on nutritional resources;
  • weeds as facilitator of disease vectors - El Nino and the Hantavirus;
  • weeds and disease vectors;
  • public health and weed biology interactions - outside traditional viewpoint of weed biologists


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Direct Effects

  • Indirect Effects

  • Weeds as a Facilitator of Disease Vectors

  • Summary

  • References