A study of microwave-based weed management in the rice industry


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.



Research Organisation

The University of Melbourne

Objective Summary

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.

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Project Start Date

Friday, February 14, 2014

Project Completion Date

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority

Advanced Technology

National Priority

RIC-Research to achieve water efficiency target