Submitted to: Popular Publication
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/30/2004
Publication Date: 8/24/2004
Citation: Defelice, M.S., Bryson, C.T. 2004. Interactive Encyclopedia of North American Weeds, Version 3.0. Southern Weed Science Society. DVD-ROM for Windows.
Interpretive Summary: Proper identification and knowledge of the biology and ecology is essential to developing and implementing control strategies for weeds that threaten agriculture, forests, urban, and natural plant communities. An interactive DVD-ROM encyclopedia with over 2400 color photos was developed to provide a comprehensive identification system for 447 weed species in 67 plant families. Distribution maps and habitat, crops affected, and ecological information are provided for each weed species. This DVD is unique because it is the first treatment that includes a combination of interactive keys to mature and immature weeds, an interactive illustrated glossary, three interactive professionally narrated lessons on identification, morphology, and reproduction of plants, a customized presentation maker, and the world of weeds: weed histories series.
Technical Abstract: An interactive DVD-ROM encyclopedia of North American weeds was developed that includes home pages for 447 weed species in 67 plant families, over 2400 color photographs, a hot-linked illustrated glossary of 565 botanical terms, interactive keys for mature and immature life stages, distribution maps, and habitat, crops affected, and ecological information for each weed species. The DVD also includes a customized presentation maker, the world of weeds: weed histories series, and three interactive professionally narrated lessons on identification, morphology, and reproduction of plants.