Sustainable weed management.


RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH
Sustainability of Glyphosate-based Weed Management: The Benchmark Study
Micheal Owen, Philip Dixon, David Shaw, Stephen Weller, Bryan Young, Robert Wilson, and David Jordan
The benefits and risks of the widespread adoption of genetically engineered glyphosate resistant (GE GR) crops on agroecosystems and for society has been a contentious topic of debate in scientific journals and the popular media. The complexity of assessing benefits and risks of GE GR crops is great, and often there is considerable variability, depending on the specific GE under assessment. Risks attributed to the adoption of GE GR crops include the alleged displacement of small-farmers, food safety apprehensiveness, GE pollen movement to wild species, volunteer GE GR crops, and other issues. One risk that is significant is the evolved resistance to glyphosate in weeds.

From ISB August 2010 issue

Written by David Tribe

David Tribe’s research career in academia and industry has covered molecular genetics, biochemistry, microbial evolution and biotechnology. He has over 60 publications and patents. Dr. Tribe's recent activities focus on agricultural policy and food risk management. He teaches graduate programs in food science and risk management as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Agriculture and Food Systems, University of Melbourne.