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Integrated weed management in tomato cultivation

Code: 9781838792930
Francesco Tei and Euro Pannacci, University of Perugia, Italy

Chapter synopsis: Weeds pose a major threat to agriculture and cause crop yield losses in a big way. What needs to be done to counter the threat of weeds? This chapter discusses many measures to tackle the problem of weeds, especially in tomato cultivation. One of the most important is Integrated Weed Management (IWM). IWM combines direct and indirect weed control strategies to effectively tackle the problem of weeds in tomato cultivation. This chapter then looks into the preventive steps to be taken and discusses methods like crop rotation. Chemical weed control is another important aspect. The chapter also presents case studies on how research has been used to improve tomato cultivation in practice.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2016.0007.34
Table of contents1 Introduction 2 Weed communities: the target 3 The effect of weed–crop interference 4 Integrated Weed Management (IWM) 5 Preventative measures and cultural control: crop rotation and cover crops 6 Cultural control: stale seedbed preparation, cultivar selection, planting, irrigation and fertilization 7 Decision making: weed competition thresholds 8 Direct weed control methods: mulches, solarization, thermal and mechanical methods and hand weeding 9 Chemical weed control 10 Case studies 11 Summary and future trends 12 Where to look for further information 13 References

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