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PPWS 5704: Weed Science and Management

Concentration: Plant Science and Pest Management
Credits: 3 graduate credit(s)


Biological and ecological principles that influence persistence and spread of weeds. Weed genetics and the dynamics of plant species and communities, with emphasis on invasive species. Characteristics of herbicide action and metabolism that influence selectivity, resistance, and fate. Genetic engineering of herbicide-resistant crops. Analysis of weed control programs for specific crops.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the dynamic interaction of weeds and human activities.
  • Apply knowledge of the biology and ecology of plants to weed management.
  • Discuss mechanisms of herbicide action and herbicide resistance in crops and weeds.
  • Formulate a weed management plan for a specific crop of interest.

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Two semesters each of college biology and chemistry or two years of experience in agricultural production, industry, or policy will provide students with knowledge that helps them to assimilate the material in this course. The target audience consists of those with either some formal education in plant science or experience in an aspect of plant production, but who have a need for more detailed knowledge of weed control. Professionals working in turf, horticulture, landscape, or food production industries should be quite ready to take full advantage of this course.


James Westwood