Weed Biology & Ecology
The Weed Biology and Ecology program addresses many of the most fundamental and challenging issues in weed science: What exactly is a weed? Why does a weed occur where it does? When does that weed species emerge? How fast will it grow and how many seeds will it produce? How many weeds does it take to cause crop yield losses and when does it pay to control them?
These are just some of the most common research questions we study in Agronomy at K-State to understand the biology and ecology of weeds in field crops, rangelands, and other ecosystems.
As we uncover the answers to these questions for important weed species such as Palmer amaranth, common sunflower, giant ragweed, and kochia, we can begin to develop improved weed control programs that meet economic and environmental goals for Kansas producers.