Soil tillage has been considered as a seed bank management strategy for herbicide resistant weeds; however it has been adequately demonstrated that notill systems maintain better soil properties. Microwavebased weed management offers similar advantages of soil seed bank management as tillage, without disturbing the soil; however few studies have considered: the impact of microwavebased weed management on soil nutrition and biota; its long term economic viability; or its usefulness and acceptability for different agribusinesses. This project will investigate these issues.
The University of Melbourne
The objectives of this project are: 1. To study the effects of microwave treatment on weed species that are of significant concern to the rice industry, including: barnyard grass (Echinochloa crusgilli), Dirty Dora (Cyperus difformis), and Starfruit (Damosonium minus); 2. To study the effect of microwave treatment on key soil flora and fauna; and 3. To perform an economic and social evaluation of microwave weed treatment strategies to determine their financial viability and industry acceptance.
Project Start Date
Friday, February 14, 2014
Project Completion Date
Sunday, April 30, 2017
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