Appleby, Arnold P. Crop Science, College of Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.
Turner, Charles E. Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Albany, California.
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- Herbicide resistance
- Biological control
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An unwanted plant or a plant whose negative values outweigh the positive values in a given situation. Weeds cost growers millions of dollars each year in reduced yield and quality of agricultural products. Especially in tropical areas, irrigation systems have become unusable because of clogging with weeds. Weeds can harbor deleterious disease organisms and insects that harm crops cost livestock producers millions of dollars. In addition, weeds can cause allergic reactions and serious skin problems (poison ivy), break up pavement, slow or stop water flow in municipal water supplies, interfere with power lines, cause fire hazards around buildings and along railroad tracks, and produce poisonous plant parts. See also: Allergy
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