Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/20/2002
Publication Date: 3/1/2006
Citation: Kremer, R.J. 2006. Applications of soil and rhizosphere microorganisms in sustainable weed management. In: Singh, H.P., Batish, D.R., Kohli, R.K. (editors). Handbook of Sustainable Weed Management. Binghamton, NY:Food Products Press. p. 433-548.
Technical Abstract: Biological control as a single tactic approach for controlling weeds in cultivated crops has not been as efficacious as those approaches involving herbicides and other cultural methods. Bioherbicides designed for application of deleterious rhizobacteria (DRB) to soil for suppression of weed seedlings are not subject to constraints of most mycoherbicides that reduce the efficacy of these agents in the field. Because most DRB candidates are very host specific, tactics to integrate DRB with various cultural practices need to be developed for the most efficacious weed management. Where use of inundative applications of DRB is not practical, soil and crop management tactics can be used to manipulate the soil environment to enhance populations of native DRB in order to develop weed-suppressive soils in agroecosystems.