Redesigned Publishes 476 Abstracts on the Biology of Weeds

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The newly redesigned Life, Earth & Health Sciences Magazine has published 476 new abstracts on the biology of weeds. After its latest inclusion of these references the science website now provides 37.4 million references including 15.2 million abstracts in the biological, geographical and health sciences. Life, Earth & Health Sciences has newly published 476 references and abstracts on the biology of weeds. These references are included in the site's Research Category which extensively covers the science of weeds. Weeds are plants which grow wild and profusely among cultivated crops, depriving them of space, light, water and nutrients, and thereby reducing their yield. Life, Earth & Health Sciences Research Section 11 covers the potential yield losses due to weeds which can be as high as about 65% depending on crop, degree of weed infestation, weed species and management practices.

The Life, Earth & Health Sciences Research Chapter 10002 presents multiple studies on the use of herbicides which is usually the most effective method of reducing weed growth and minimizing yield losses. This chapter also includes 18 abstracts on the biology of weeds such as Cannabis sativa and Amaranthus albus. While Cannabis sativa has been cultivated for centuries in Eurasia and North America as a source of a textile fiber, oilseed, and drugs such as marijuana, most weedy C. sativa differ from the cultigens in a number of ecological properties. Species of Amaranthus are annual ruderal and agrestal weeds. Originating from Europe, Asia and North Africa, these aggressive species have spread across most provinces of Canada during the past 100 years and have become alternate hosts to many insects, nematodes, viruses, bacteria and fungi that affect cultivated plants.

The Life, Earth & Health Sciences Website was launched in 1998 and has become a comprehensive publisher of references in biology, in the applied life sciences agriculture, horticulture and forestry, in the earth sciences, in the environmental sciences, and in the health sciences. After its latest update, it currently contains a total of 37,488,367 bibliographic references from as early as the beginning of the 18th century, i.e., 1703. 15,166,486 or 41% of these entries feature an abstract of their science content. Besides its new streamlined design, the site features a mobile version for smartphones, a fast search engine, an RSS feed aggregating the site's most shared content, and accounts at Twitter and Facebook.

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