Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) January 23, 2012
Today the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) announced it will co-sponsor an upcoming scientific summit on how to manage herbicide-resistant weeds – a costly and growing problem threatening crop production across the U.S. and around the globe.
The May 10 event is being organized by the National Research Council, the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences, and will be held at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Several WSSA members will deliver presentations or participate in panel discussions. Among them is David Shaw, former president of WSSA and immediate past chairman of its Herbicide Resistance Education Committee. He will address best management practices that can combat herbicide resistance.
“A significant contributing factor in the evolution of resistance is the repeated use of a single herbicide mode of action,” Shaw says. “To counter this dangerous trend, we need to move to integrated weed management programs that incorporate a variety of other control methods. Doing so can help us preserve crop yields, herbicide effectiveness and the sustainability of vital agricultural production systems.”
Other WSSA scientists on the program include:
Last fall WSSA introduced a free training program on herbicide resistance that is tailored for pesticide applicators, growers, agrichemical retailers, farm consultants and other industry stakeholders. The peer-reviewed materials are currently available in English and in Spanish on the WSSA website at http://wssa.net/LessonModules/herbicide-resistant-weeds and on the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship (PES) website at pesticidestewardship.org.
For more information on the National Summit, visit http://nas-sites.org/hr-weeds-summit.
About the Weed Science Society of America
The Weed Science Society of America, a nonprofit scientific society, was founded in 1956 to encourage and promote the development of knowledge concerning weeds and their impact on the environment. The Weed Science Society of America promotes research, education and extension outreach activities related to weeds, provides science-based information to the public and policy makers, fosters awareness of weeds and their impact on managed and natural ecosystems, and promotes cooperation among weed science organizations across the nation and around the world. For more information, visit http://www.wssa.net.