The Weed's News Digest
The Weed's News email digest contains a summary of activity for the time period August 26, 2011 through December 2, 2015.
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Monash University senior adjunct research fellow Dr David Low said the release of known carcinogens into the environment to manage weeds was not justifiable, especially when there were other effective alternative methods available.
Innovative strategies and machines for physical weed control in organic and integrated vegetable crops
Using the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus) as a mechanism for invasive aquatic plant management in Florida
Characterisation of biochar obtained from weeds and its effect on soil properties of North Eastern Region of India
[Sustainable Pulse 10 April 2015 by Claire Robinson] — The release of GM crops in Brazil has helped make it the largest consumer of agrochemicals in the world, according to a hard-hitting new report from Brazil’s National Cancer Institute José Alencar Gomes da Silva (INCA), part of the country’s Ministry of Health.
National produce monitoring system, safety net for monitoring chemicals in Australia's domestic food, axed by Government
Herbicide and mulch interactions: A review of the literature and implications for the landscape maintenance industry
Nutritive value of field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) roots as a potential livestock feed and the effect of Aceria malherbae on root components
Grazing as a control for the spread of mile-a-minute (Persicaria perfoliata) and the restoration of biodiversity in plant communities in a Lower New York State parkland
Weed seeds, not grain, contribute to the diet of wintering skylarks in arable farmlands of Western France
Scotch broom facilitates indigenous tree and shrub germination and establishment in dryland New Zealand
Streets as new places to bring together both humans and plants: examples from Paris and Montpellier (France)
Denmark commends its Amenity Forum for having a significant effect on the use of herbicides and pesticides
Paradigm shift in the risk assessment of cumulative effects of pesticide mixtures and multiple residues to humans and wildlife
Interactions between the tillage system and crop rotation on crop yield and weed populations under arid conditions
Rolled-crimped winter rye cover effects on hand-weeding times and fruit yield and quality of cucurbits
New major study finds organic food more nutritional and less contaminated with heavy metals and pesticides
US town votes to ban lawn pesticides on public and private property, becoming second to act in last year
Conflicts of interests, confidentiality and censorship in health risk assessment: the example of a herbicide and a GMO
Agronomic and environmental aspects of the cultivation of genetically modified herbicide-resistant plants
The report: BfN (2014) Agronomic and environmental aspects of the cultivation of genetically modified herbicide-resistant plants.
These are quotes from Australian government websites about plants that have been demonised and vilified as ‘weeds’.
Investigation of 10 herbicides in surface waters of a horticultural production catchment in Southeastern Australia
Effect of the invasive common reed on the abundance, richness and diversity of birds in freshwater marshes
Productivity, economics, and fruit and soil quality of weed management systems in commercial organic orchards in Washington State, USA
Glyphosate and its degradation product AMPA occur frequently and widely in U.
S. soils, surface water, groundwater, and precipitation
Agrochemicals indirectly increase survival of E.
coli O157:H7 and indicator bacteria by reducing ecosystem services
Economic impact of ecosystem services provided by ecologically sustainable roadside right of way vegetation management practices
Successful biological control of tropical soda apple (Solanales: Solanaceae) in Florida: A review of key program components
Our fear of weeds, as plant life beyond our control, is therefore socially constructed.
Potential for biological control of the weed Angled Onion (Allium triquetrum) by the fungus Stromatinia cepivora in Australia
Use of the silverleaf fungus Chondrostereum purpureum for biological control of stump-sprouting, riparian weedy tree species in New Zealand
USA's EPA awards more than $US 3 million to researchers studying how chemical exposures impact brain development
Organic farmer knowledge and perceptions are associated with on-farm weed seedbank densities in Northern New England
Understanding misunderstandings in invasion science: why experts don’t agree on common concepts and risk assessments
Understanding misunderstandings in invasion science: why experts don’t agree on common concepts and risk assessments.
Impact of EU pesticide reduction strategy and implications for crop protection in the UK and the rest of Europe
Suppressive fodder plants as part of an integrated management program for Parthenium hysterophorus L.
Herbicide impact on non-target plant reproduction: What are the toxicological and ecological implications?
Impacts of plant invasions become less robust over time: Invasive plants are more likely to be replaced by other 'invasives'
The journal article presents results of field experiments conducted at two locations in Arkansas between November 2010 and October 2011.
Increase in alien plant invasions primarily a result of increased application of chemical fertilizer and herbicides
Pesticides harm reproductive health warn American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine
Keywords: Restoration cost/
New genetically engineered crop will sharply increase use of toxic pesticide, a "Probable Human Carcinogen"
Comparative life cycle assessment in the wine sector: Biodynamic vs.
conventional viticulture activities in NW Spain
Comparison of organic and conventional managements on yields, nutrients and weeds in a corn–cabbage rotation
Commonly used ultraviolet water disinfection treatment increases toxicity of herbicide degradation products
Mulching with large round bales between covered beds using an offset round-bale unroller for weed control
Differences in competitive ability between plants from nonnative and native populations of a tropical invader relates to adaptive responses in abiotic and biotic environments
Effect of aqueous leaf extract of Parthenium hysterophorus L.
on the germination and shoot growth of two native species
Planting pattern and weed management for enhancing productivity and profitability in urdbean + finger millet intercropping
Under a chemically based weed control strategy, problem weeds may develop chemical resistance, requiring more chemicals of higher toxicity.
As the above is intended to illustrate, in weed management, the assumption is often that it is the weed that is having the financial impact rather than the context in which the weed issue arises and is then managed.
Accumulation of pesticides in pacific chorus frogs (Pseudacris regilla) from California's Sierra Nevada Mountains, USA
Four Corners reveals the full extent of the problems caused by the chemicals.
It is now widely accepted by experts that dioxin is the common factor that causes health problems in people who were exposed to herbicides.
Four Corners has found evidence that herbicides containing 24D, currently being sold, do have levels of dioxin which could pose a potential health risk.
To add to the problem posed by the lack of regulation enforcement, there is also evidence that farmers are spraying forms of 24D that drift across large tracts of neighbouring land creating a potential danger to other farm crops.
Chemical Time Bomb, reported by Janine Cohen and presented by Kerry O'Brien, went to air on Monday 22nd July at 8.
Keywords: Herbicide, carrot, seeding date, banded herbicide, clove oil, citrus oil, acetic acid, organic