Location: Soil Dynamics ResearchTitle: Growth and control of invasive weeds under elevated CO2
Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/3/2015
Publication Date: 8/3/2015
Citation: Runion, G.B., Marble, S.C., Prior, S.A., Torbert III, H.A. 2015. Growth and control of invasive weeds under elevated CO2 [Abstract]. Proceeding of the American Society of Horticultural Science. 50(9):S81.
Technical Abstract: Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 have been increasing since the onset of the industrial revolution. Regardless of the debate on the effects of this rise on climate, most plants exhibit a positive growth response to elevated CO2 due to increased photosynthesis, resource use efficiency, and/or allocation to belowground structures and weeds are no exception. In fact, the CO2-induced growth stimulation of several invasive weeds was greater than for any previously examined plant species and many weeds are predicted to become more problematic as CO2 continues to rise. This raises concerns about how weed control strategies in plant production systems will change in a future, higher CO2 world. Further complicating this situation is recent evidence suggesting that elevated CO2 may increase herbicide tolerance in some weeds. This tolerance may be due to a herbicide dilution effect caused by increased growth. Also, changes in weed morphology (e.g., increased leaf thickness) and/or physiology (e.g., decreased stomatal conductance) can alter herbicide uptake, translocation, and overall efficacy. Weed control strategies will be further complicated by the fact that repeated application of herbicides, particularly those with the same modes of action, results in the development of weed populations resistant to herbicidal control and herbicide resistant weed populations are being identified. To date, approximately 235 different weed species have developed resistance to 22 of the 25 known herbicide sites of action and to 155 different herbicides; herbicide resistant weeds have been reported in 82 crops in 65 countries. Determining how weed species will respond to increased levels of CO2 and the subsequent effect of increased CO2 on herbicide efficacy on these weeds is critical to our ability to control important weeds and increase productivity and profitability as atmospheric CO2 continues to rise.