Weed management ~ Agrobiodiversity ~ Use-of-potential & Risk analysis

Weed ecology

Weed ecology

Weeds may significantly reduce quantity and quality of crop yield depending on agricultural production and management systems as well as environmental parameters. However, weeds may also be beneficial for agriculture by e.g. reducing erosion and facilitating pest control by providing food for their natural enemies. We investigate the synergetic linkage between weed control and weed ecology to reduce yield loss and increase provision of the ecosystem service. Currently, we analyse the consequences of management intensity in vineyards on weed communities, wild bees and soil biota and how these organisms interact and consequently affect ecosystem service provision (BiodivERsA project VineDivers www.vinedivers.eu).

contact: Dipl.-Ing. Dr.nat.techn. Winter Silvia (location Vienna)