8. Weed Management: Herbicides

  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.ch8

Weed Biology and Climate Change

Weed Biology and Climate Change

How to Cite

Ziska, L. H. and Dukes, J. S. (2010) Weed Management: Herbicides, in Weed Biology and Climate Change, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470958674.ch8

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



  • weed management - herbicides;
  • agronomic and environmental damage - in managed and unmanaged plant systems by weedy species;
  • basic tenets of herbicide usage - application methods, chemistry and mode of action;
  • herbicides, and application - on timing of herbicide relative to crop;
  • herbicides, selective or nonselective - mode of action and specific physiology of plant;
  • herbicides, in impeding electron transport in light reactions (Photosystem II) - and free radicals;
  • herbicides, as inhibitors - of carotenoid pigment biosynthetic pathway;
  • cellulose biosynthesis inhibitors;
  • CO2 and herbicide effectiveness - commonalities, biological mechanisms related to herbicide efficacy;
  • weed biologists, managing destructive weed populations - to minimize impact


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • History of Herbicide Use

  • Application of Herbicides

  • Herbicide Characteristics

  • Factors that Influence Herbicide Efficacy

  • CO2, Climate Change, and Herbicide Efficacy: Potential Interactions

  • CO2, Climate Change, and Herbicide Management: A Review of Existing Studies

  • Potential Mechanisms: Canada Thistle as a Case Study

  • Should We Worry?

  • Summary

  • References