2003, Volume 6, Paper 60
ISSN: 2209-6612

Managing herbicide resistance: The role of extension

Christos A. Damalas – Research Agronomist, Laboratory of Agronomy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece


The rapid evolution of herbicide resistance poses a significant threat for conventional agricultural practices. In practice, herbicide resistance seems to be a very complicated problem to deal with. Extension can play a significant role in managing herbicide resistance educating farmers on the main advantages and disadvantages of the available methods aiming to control and minimize herbicide resistance. This could be achieved by redirecting the educational efforts more towards the principles of weed biology and integrated weed management, teaching farmers how to learn, paying attention to the basic prerequisites for the new control methods and providing precise information about the economic usefulness of each proposed method.

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