A History of Weed Science in the United States
Weed science has been strongly influenced by technology developed by supporting industries, subsequently employed in research and, ultimately, used by farmers and crop growers. The science has focused on results and progress. Scientists have been--and the majority remain--problem solvers whose solutions have evolved as rapidly as have the new weed problems needing solutions. In a more formal sense, weed scientists have been adherents of the instrumental ideology of modern science. That is an analysis of their work, and their orientation reveals the strong emphasis on practical, useful knowledge; on know how. The opposite, and frequently complementary orientation, that has been missing from weed science is an emphasis on contemplative knowledge; that is, knowing why. This book expands on and analyzes how these orientations have affected weed science's development.
- Hardback | 224 pages
- 154 x 230 x 22mm | 476.27g
- 04 Mar 2010
- Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
- United States
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Table of contents
Chapter II. The development of entomology and plant pathology and their societies in comparison to weed science.
Chapter III. Beginning the study of weeds
Chapter IV. The founders of weed science and weed science societies.
Chapter V. Creation and development of university weed science programs.
Chapter VI. Development of herbicides after 1945
Chapter VII. The creation and development of weed societies
Chapter VIII. Weed science and changes in agricultural practice.
Chapter IX. Weed science and the agrochemical industry.
Chapter X. The consequences of weed science's pattern of development.
"The area of weed science is worthy of a historical perspective, but there is only rather limited coverage, compared with entomology and plant pathology. This is surprising, given the importance of weeds in causing losses in both crop yield and quality and the importance of the global herbicide market. This rather short but intriguing book provides an interesting journal throught he history of weed science in the USA in its early chapters." --The Journal of Experimental Agriculture
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