An Integrated Weed Management framework: A pan-European perspective

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Riemens, M., Sonderskov, M., Moonen, A-C., Storkey, J. and Kudsk, P. 2022. An Integrated Weed Management framework: A pan-European perspective. European Journal of Agronomy. 133, p. 126443.

AuthorsRiemens, M., Sonderskov, M., Moonen, A-C., Storkey, J. and Kudsk, P.

Initiatives to reduce the reliance of agriculture on pesticides, including the European Union (EU) Directive 2009/
128/EC on the sustainable use of pesticides (SUD), have yet to lead to widespread implementation of Integrated
Pest Management (IPM) principles. Developments in weed management have strongly focused on increasing the
efficiency of herbicides or substituting herbicides with other single tactics such as mechanical control. To in-
crease sustainability of agricultural systems in practice, a paradigm shift in weed management is needed: from a
single tactic and single growing season approach towards holistic integrated weed management (IWM) consid-
ering more than a single cropping season and focusing on management of weed communities, rather than on
control of single species. To support this transition, an IWM framework for implementing a system level approach
is presented. The framework consists of five pillars: diverse cropping systems, cultivar choice and establishment,
field and soil management, direct control and the cross-cutting pillar monitoring and evaluation. IWM is an
integral part of integrated pest management (IPM) and adopting IWM will serve as a driver for the development
of sustainable agricultural systems of the future

KeywordsWeed communities; Diversification ; Agroecology; Holistic weed management
Year of Publication2022
JournalEuropean Journal of Agronomy
Journal citation133, p. 126443
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Publisher's version
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online23 Dec 2021
Publication process dates
Accepted13 Dec 2021
PublisherElsevier Science Bv

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