Special Issue "Weed Ecology and Diversity"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2023 | Viewed by 16475
Interests: agronomy; weed biology and ecology; herbicide resistance; integrated weed management; agroecological weed management
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We are surrounded by weeds; in all places humans set foot, weeds will follow, and, in some cases, they become so successful that they invade human-impacted and natural habitats. The term “weed” is rather subjective as we are the ones who decide what plants are called weeds, and the term usually carries a negative connotation. However, there is a reason why weeds grow where they grow and behave in their particular manner. Today, certain groups of weeds have become extremely rare, and some species have even gone extinct from areas where they were once abundant. Climate change also creates a huge challenge, and weeds often act as indicators of this change.
In this Special Issue, we intend to publish contributions assessing the ecology and diversity of weeds in natural and human-impacted ecosystems. We would like to focus on how ecology impacts weeds' distribution, abundance, and diversity and how anthropogenic factors create and destroy specific weed communities. Further topics to be addressed include: 1) The role of weeds in plant communities; 2) How weeds change plant communities; 3) The benefits of weeds; 4) Weeds as bioindicators; 5) Invasive weed species; 6) Preservation of weed diversity; 7) How weed ecology can guide weed management.
With this in mind, we hope to better understand the importance of diverse weed communities and make sure that we do not only see weeds as pests but also recognize their benefits and the need for integrated and holistic management.
Dr. Ilias Travlos
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- Weed diversity
- Weed communities
- Conservation practices
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Genetic diversity among US weedy rice genotypes with differential herbicide tolerance and allelopathic potential
Authors: Tseng, Te-Ming Paul
Affiliation: Department of Plant and Soil Sciences Mississippi State University
Abstract: Increasing agricultural productivity is indispensable to meet future food demand. Crop improvement programs rely heavily on genetic diversity. The success of weeds in the ecosystem can be attributed to genetic diversity and plasticity. Weedy rice, a major weed of rice crop, has diverse morphology and phenology, implying wide genetic diversity. A study was conducted to genotype weedy rice accessions (n =54) previously phenotyped for herbicide tolerance and allelopathic potential using 30 SSR markers. Non-allelopathic (CL163, REX) and allelopathic (RONDO, PI312777, PI338047) rice cultivars were also included in the study. The Nei’s genetic diversity among weedy rice (0.45) was found to be higher than cultivated rice (0.24) but less than allelopathic rice (0.56). Genetic relationship and population structure based on herbicide tolerance and allelopathic potential were evaluated. Herbicide-tolerant and susceptible accessions formed distinct clusters in the dendrogram, indicating their genetic variation, whereas no distinction was observed between allelopathic and non-allelopathic weedy rice accessions. Weedy rice accession B2, which was previously reported to have high allelopathic and herbicide tolerance potential, was genetically distinct from other weedy rice accessions. Results from the study will help leverage weedy rice for rice improvement programs as both rice, and weedy rice are closely related to each other, thus having a low breeding barrier.