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Parthenium Weed

Parthenium Weed

Biology, Ecology and Management
CABI Invasives Series

Now Published!

Edited by S Adkins, The University of Queensland, Australia, A Shabbir, University of Sydney, Australia, K Dhileepan, Biosecurity Queensland, Australia

November 2018 / Hardback / 338 Pages / 9781780645254 £85.00 / €110.00 / $140.00
With 10% online discount: £76.50 / €99.00 / $126.00
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Main Description

This book explores the most important aspects of the biology, ecology and management of what is one of the world's worst weeds. Originally regarded as a major weed in Australia and India, Parthenium weed is now widespread in around 48 countries in Africa, Asia and the South Pacific, and has the potential to spread to new countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. This book, which is a collective effort by 27 members of the International Parthenium Weed Network, addresses research and knowledge gaps for different countries. It examines the weed's mode of spread, its impact on agricultural production, its effect on the environment and on human health, and its management using biological control, as well as cultural, physical and chemical approaches. It also considers the coordination of the weed's management, possible uses for Parthenium weed, its present distribution and how this is impacted by climate change. This book includes:

A detailed analysis of Parthenium weed biology.
Experiences with Parthenium weed worldwide.
An explanation of practical management options.

This book will be of interest to graduate students and researchers in universities and institutes, in the fields of plant ecology, botany, agriculture, conservation and restoration ecology.

  • 1: An Introduction to the ‘Demon Plant’ Parthenium Weed
  • 2: Biology and Ecology
  • 3: Spread
  • 4: Interference and Impact of Parthenium Weed on Agriculture
  • 5: Impacts on the Environment
  • 6: Impact of Parthenium Weed on Human and Animal Health
  • 7: Biological Control
  • 8: Management: Physical, Cultural, Chemical
  • 9: Coordination of Management
  • 10: Parthenium Weed: Uses and Abuses
  • 11: History and Management – Australia and Pacific
  • 12: History and Management – Southern Asia
  • 13: History and Management – East and South-east Asia
  • 14: History and Management – Southern Africa and Western Indian Ocean Islands
  • 15: History and Management – East and North Africa, and the Middle East
  • 16: Conclusions

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Adkins Professor Steve Adkins is Professor of Plant Physiology at The University of Queensland (UQ). He obtained a degree in Botany and Zoology from the University of London and a PhD in Seed Physiology from the University of Reading (UK). He joined UQ in 1988, founding the Integrated Seed Research Unit. His research has focussed on the dormancy mechanisms of weeds and native plants, the management of invasive plants and the improvement of tropical crops using tissue culture.

  • Parthenium Weed
    Parthenium Weed
    by S Adkins; A Shabbir; K Dhileepan November 2018 Hardback / 9781780645254 / £85.00 / $140.00 / €110.00