Reviewing research priorities in weed ecology, evolution and management: a horizon scan

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Neve, P., Barney, J. N., Buckley, Y., Cousens, R. D., Graham, S., Jordan, N. R., Lawton-Rauh, A., Liebman, M., Mesgaran, M. B., Schut, M., Shaw, J., Storkey, J., Baraibar, B., Baucom, R. S., Chalak, M., Childs, D. Z., Christensen, S., Eizenberg, H., Fernandez-Quintanilla, C., French, K., Harsch, M., Heijting, S., Harrison, L., Loddo, D., Macel, M., Maczey, N., Merotto JR, A., Mortensen, D., Necajeva, J., Peltzer, D. A., Recasens, J., Renton, M., Riemens, M., Sonderskov, M. and Williams, M 2018. Reviewing research priorities in weed ecology, evolution and management: a horizon scan. Weed Research. 58, pp. 250-258.

AuthorsNeve, P., Barney, J. N., Buckley, Y., Cousens, R. D., Graham, S., Jordan, N. R., Lawton-Rauh, A., Liebman, M., Mesgaran, M. B., Schut, M., Shaw, J., Storkey, J., Baraibar, B., Baucom, R. S., Chalak, M., Childs, D. Z., Christensen, S., Eizenberg, H., Fernandez-Quintanilla, C., French, K., Harsch, M., Heijting, S., Harrison, L., Loddo, D., Macel, M., Maczey, N., Merotto JR, A., Mortensen, D., Necajeva, J., Peltzer, D. A., Recasens, J., Renton, M., Riemens, M., Sonderskov, M. and Williams, M
Abstract

Weedy plants pose a major threat to food security,
biodiversity, ecosystem services and consequently to
human health and wellbeing. However, many currently
used weed management approaches are increasingly
unsustainable. To address this knowledge and practice
gap, in June 2014, 35 weed and invasion ecologists,
weed scientists, evolutionary biologists and social
scientists convened a workshop to explore current and
future perspectives and approaches in weed ecology
and management. A horizon scanning exercise ranked
a list of 124 pre-submitted questions to identify a priority list of 30 questions. These questions are discussedunder seven themed headings that represent areas for renewed and emerging focus for the disciplines of weed research and practice. The themed areas considered the need for transdisciplinarity, increased adoption of integrated weed management and agroecological approaches, better understanding of weed evolution, climate change, weed invasiveness and finally, disciplinary challenges for weed science. Almost all the challenges identified rested on the need for continued efforts to diversify and integrate agroecological, socio-economic and technological approaches in weed management.
These challenges are not newly conceived, though their
continued prominence as research priorities highlights an ongoing intransigence that must be addressed through a more system-oriented and transdisciplinary research
agenda that seeks an embedded integration of public and
private research approaches. This horizon scanning exercise thus set out the building blocks needed for future weed management research and practice; however, the challenge ahead is to identify effective ways in which sufficient research and implementation efforts can be directed towards these needs.

KeywordsTransdisciplinary research; Integrated weed management; Agroecology; Weed adaptation; Invasive plants
Year of Publication2018
JournalWeed Research
Journal citation58, pp. 250-258
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1111/wre.12304
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
Funder project or codeBBSRC Strategic Programme in Smart Crop Protection
NE/I022027/1
FunderBBSRC Industrial Strategy Challenge
Natural Environment Research Council
Accepted author manuscriptNeve_et_al-2018-Weed_Research.pdf
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online28 Mar 2018
Publication process dates
Accepted05 Feb 2018
Copyright licenseCC BY
PublisherWiley
ISSN0043-1737

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