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Parthenium weed: biology, ecology and management.

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This book has been a collective effort by 26 members of the International Parthenium Weed Network, which is an International network of expert volunteers devoted to creating awareness about the parthenium weed (Parthenium hysterophorus) threat, and to sharing information on how to reduce its adverse impacts upon agro-ecosystems, the environment and human health. The book builds on a fundamental un...

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Chapter 2 (Page no: 7)

Biology and ecology.

This chapter provides comprehensive information on the overall biology and ecology of parthenium weed (Parthenium hysterophorus). It provides specific details on the taxonomy, plant distinguishing characteristics, its likely centre of origin, genetics and intraspecific diversity, growth, reproduction and phenology, seed biology (including seed production, dispersal, dormancy, germination, longevity and seed bank), population dynamics and preferred climatic requirements for growth. The chapter also highlights how various biological and ecological characteristics of parthenium weed, such as its morphological attributes, biological plasticity, intermediate photosynthesis mechanism, allelopathy, stress tolerance, competitive ability and long-lived seeds, make it one of the most successful global invasive species.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) An introduction to the 'demon plant' parthenium weed. Author(s): Adkins, S. W. Asad Shabbir Dhileepan, K.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 40) Spread. Author(s): Asad Shabbir McConnachie, A. Adkins, S. W.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 57) Interference and impact of parthenium weed on agriculture. Author(s): Bajwa, A. A. Asad Shabbir Adkins, S. W.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 79) Impacts on the environment. Author(s): Witt, A. Belgeri, A.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 105) Impact of parthenium weed on human and animal health. Author(s): Allan, S. Shi BoYang Adkins, S. W.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 131) Biological control. Author(s): Dhileepan, K. McFadyen, R. Strathie, L. Naeem Khan
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 157) Management: physical, cultural, chemical. Author(s): Campbell, S. D. Vogler, W. D. Tamado Tana
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 177) Coordination of management. Author(s): Asad Shabbir Sushilkumar Macdonald, I. A. W. Terblanche, C.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 190) Parthenium weed: uses and abuses. Author(s): Nimal Chandrasena Rao, A. N.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 212) History and management - Australia and Pacific. Author(s): McFadyen, R. Kunjithapatham Dhileepan Day, M.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 231) History and management - Southern Asia. Author(s): Asad Shabbir Shrestha, B. B. Ali, M. H. Adkins, S. W.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 253) History and management in East and South-east Asia. Author(s): Shi BoYang Tang SaiChun Nguyen Thi Lan Thi Kunjithapatham Dhileepan
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 264) History and management - Southern Africa and western Indian Ocean islands. Author(s): Strathie, L. W. McConnachie, A. J.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 287) History and management - East and North Africa, and the Middle East. Author(s): McConnachie, A. Witt, A.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 303) Conclusions. Author(s): Adkins, S. W. Asad Shabbir Kunjithapatham Dhileepan