On May 10, 2012 the National Research Council is organizing a scientific summit on managing herbicide-resistant weeds. The Weed Science Society of America is co-sponsoring the event being held at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Among those making presentations at the summit will be former WSSA President David Shaw, who is also the immediate past chairman of WSSA's Herbicide Resistance Education Committee. His topic will be combating herbicide resistance through the use of best management practices.
"A significant contributing factor in the evolution of resistance is the repeated use of a single herbicide mode of action," Shaw says. "To counter this dangerous trend, we need to move to integrated weed management programs that incorporate a variety of other control methods. Doing so can help us preserve crop yields, herbicide effectiveness and the sustainability of vital agricultural production systems."
Other WSSA scientists on the program include:
- Michael Owen, professor of agronomy at Iowa State University, who will speak on the nature of herbicide resistance in weeds.
- Jodie Holt, professor of plant physiology at the University of California-Riverside, who will speak on the epidemiology of herbicide resistance.
- Stephen Powles, professor of weed science at the University of Western Australia, who will discuss what his country is doing to combat herbicide resistance.
- Harold Coble, agronomist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service, who will speak on ways to address the pressing problem of herbicide resistance.
- Dale Shaner, plant physiologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, who will participate in a panel discussion on impediments to the use of best management practices.
- John Soteres of Monsanto Company, chairman of the Herbicide Resistance Action Committee, who will participate on a panel discussing ways to encourage the adoption of best management practices.
For more information on the National Summit, visit nas-sites.org/hr-weeds-summit.