Edited by Roger Cousens, Martin Mortimer
Cambridge University Press
Hardback 346pp ISBN 9780521496490
Paperback 346pp ISBN 9780521499699
This book sets out to answer the question: what are the ecological attributes of weeds that confer
the ability to interfere with human activities? To do this it places weed management within an
ecological context, with the focus on the manipulation of population size with the dynamics of
abundance and spatial distribution considered at both geographic and local scales. The underlying
processes of dispersal, reproduction and mortality are described, together with the factors that
influence them. Management is shown to modify patterns of behaviour that are intrinsic to
populations. Attention is also given to the evolution and management of resistance to herbicides.
This book provides weed science with the conceptual basis that has previously been lacking. It
also gives ecologists access to the extensive literature covering the population ecology of weeds.
The main chapter headings are as follows: