Does the tolerance of weeds to herbicide change with elevated levels of CO2?

Paul Downey, Tanya Lenz, William Sea, P Waryszak, Michelle Leishman

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The level of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has increased substantially over the past 100 years and is predicted to continue rising over the coming decades. Whilst this change has contributed significantly to the problem of global climate change, CO2 is important for plants, specifically during the process of photosynthesis; although high levels of CO2 may be detrimental to some plants. Thus it is important to understand how future elevated levels of CO2 may affect both native and non-native plants. The response of plants to elevated levels of CO2 include: increased (i) biomass, (ii) height, (iii) inter-nodal length, (iv) pollen production, (v) woodiness due to assimilation of additional carbon, and (vi) water use efficiency due to reduced stomatal conductance. Many of these altered attributes may affect the species survival in a warmer world. They could also affect herbicide efficiency either through uptake rates of the active ingredient or by increased biomass which enables plants to better withstand the effective of the herbicide.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication18th Australasian Weeds Conference: Developing Solutions to Evolving Weed Problems
EditorsValerie Eldershaw
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherWeed Society of Victoria Inc.
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9780646586700
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event18th Australasian Weeds Conference - Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 8 Oct 201211 Oct 2012


Conference18th Australasian Weeds Conference


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