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JOB OPENING :: Deputy Director of the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative and Associate Professor



One month from now (February 23rd 2015) is the closing date for applications for the position of Deputy Director of the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative and Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia.

This is an outstanding career opportunity for a mid-career research leader with the credentials and motivation to lead research on herbicide resistance,  crop weed control, crop agronomy to contribute to the Australian grains industry.

Could you please make this information available to prospective candidates.

Thank you.

Stephen Powles,  FAA, FTSE
Director, Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative
Winthrop Professor, School of Plant Biology
University of Western Australia
office 08 64887833
mobile 0418 927181

Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 9:08 AM
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Herbicide Symptomology Photo Repository Launched! (UC IPM)

UCIPM Press Release:

New UC IPM photo repository shows plant damage from herbicides

January 9, 2015 – Davis, California

Identifying nontarget crop and ornamental plant damage from herbicides has become much easier, with the launch of a new online photo repository by the Statewide IPM Program, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

            Dr. Kassim Al-Khatib, weed science professor at UC Davis and director of the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM), has gathered nearly a thousand photos of herbicide-damaged plants, drawn from his own and others' research. The images are cataloged to show damage that can occur from  81 herbicides in more than 14 specific herbicide modes of action, applied in field to demonstrate the symptoms or when known herbicide spray has drifted onto the plant.

            Each image is characterized with the name of the plant, mode of action of the herbicide, and notes the specific symptoms of damage. Together these photos provide a comprehensive archive of damage to over 120 different crops and ornamental plants by known herbicides, which users can easily compare with what they see in the field.

            Also included in the repository is information about the modes of action of various herbicides and an index of example herbicide trade names and active ingredients. The repository can be found at http://herbicidesymptoms.ipm.ucanr.edu/

UCIPM herbicide symptomology website screenshot
UCIPM herbicide symptomology website screenshot

Posted on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 9:26 AM

JOB OPENING :: Assistant Professor of Weed Science

Virginia Tech is inviting applications for an Assistant Professor of Vegetable/Herbicide Resistance.

This is a 12-month, tenure track position with 50% Research and 50% Extension responsibilities which will be located at the Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Extension Center (ESAREC; http://www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/eastern-shore/index.html) on the Virginia portion of the Delmarva Peninsula between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean (Virginia's largest vegetable production region. The position will have academic affiliation with the Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Responsibilities include the development of innovative, nationally-recognized research and Extension programs focused on designing and evaluating environmentally appropriate weed management techniques for vegetable cropping systems. Responsibilities also include monitoring for herbicide-resistant weeds and working with other weed scientists to suppress resistance spread. Vegetable and small fruit crops of importance in Virginia include Irish potato, tomato, snap bean, cucumber, summer squash, sweet corn, pepper, cabbage, pumpkin and strawberry, and watermelon, among others. Research should be applicable to grower needs and publishable in refereed journals. The incumbent is expected to disseminate research results and recommendations to stakeholders within the Commonwealth of Virginia utilizing innovative Extension channels. The scientist is expected to secure extramural funding, and recruit, support, and mentor graduate students. The successful candidate will work cooperatively with other Extension specialists and agents, growers, industry groups and other stakeholders. Collaborations with campus faculty and those located at other Agricultural Research and Extension Centers (ARECs) are highly encouraged.

For more information, visit https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/53882.

Posted on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 12:04 PM
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New Publication: Principles of Weed Control, 4th Edition

The California Weed Science Society recently published the 4th edition of the Principles of Weed Control as an e-book.  This textbook/handbook that has been a valuable resource for many years and I'm excited that it has been updated.  Additionally, by electing to publish it as an e-book (Kindle edition is available at Amazon.com), the price has been dramatically reduced so, hopefully, more students and weed managers can make  use of it.

 Just in time for that hard-to-buy-for weed manager on your Christmas list.... - just a thought!...

This version of the book was edited by Steve Fennimore and Carl Bell.  Congratulations (and thanks) to them for taking on and completing this enormous task.  Below is Steve and Carl's preface from the new edition placed in the context of the preface to the first edition from 1982.

Happy Holidays. Brad



Preface to the Fourth Edition

The following is from the Preface to the First Edition:

“Early in 1982, a conclave of unsuspecting souls decided that the sum total of knowledge available within the membership of the California Weed Conference (the original name of CWSS—editor's note) could form the basis for the publication of a textbook dealing primarily with the applied aspects of weed control in California. They speculated that the end result would benefit anyone interested in pursuing or continuing a career in weed science and, further, that such an undertaking could be accomplished in a relatively short period (i.e less than two years). Although the goal never changed, a number of editorial and publication schedules did, and the following comments are deemed appropriate to indicate to the reader the basic thinking that accompanied the many months of dedicated effort represented by this book.

The purpose of this textbook is to provide access to the fundamental principles and concepts of weed control in California as understood by individual experts and based on their research, experimentation, observations, and practical experience. Some 70 authors contributed to the success of this book. Their individual areas of expertise and writing styles are reflected within their respective chapters and sections.”

As much as things have changed enormously in the past 32 years, some things are the same. This fourth edition has 61 authors, several of whom were contributors to previous editions, some to all editions. We started this revision in 2009 and it has taken us more than five years to put this together. We believe that the result has been equal to all three previous editions, e.g. the most accurate, field-tested information on managing weeds and invasive plants in all of the varied farming, domesticated and natural ecosystems in California.

Most importantly, Principles of Weed Control is now published solely in electronic format. We have struggled for years with printing, warehousing, and selling this book. So now we have entered the 21st Century. An E-book will allow us to make it available at low cost, eliminate burdensome handling issues and make revisions far easier for subsequent CWSS Boards of Directors and members. Many people have contributed to this book beyond the authors listed in the publication. The Co-Chairs of the Editorial Committee extend our heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Thomas Miller, the textbook committee members, Chapter lead authors, the Board of Directors of CWSS, our business office staff (the PAPA ladies), and all of the readers of this book that have made continuing this marvelous ordeal worthwhile. We also recognize that we “stand on the shoulders of giants”; this book, indeed this field of Weed Science would not exist without the dedication and hard work of people such as E.W. Hilgard, F.J. Smiley, Walter Ball. W.W. (Doc) Robbins, Alden Crafts, William A Harvey, and many others who created the field now known as Weed Science starting over a century ago.

Steven A. Fennimore and Carl Bell, Co-Chairs of the Textbook Committee

Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 11:11 AM
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JOB OPENING :: Pesticide Safety Educator

Cmty Educ Spec 3 / Pesticide Safety Educator

Application instructions and a full position description are available on the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources employment website (https://jobs.ucop.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57905).

This position is with the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM). UC IPM develops and promotes integrated and ecologically sound pest management programs in California (www.ipm.ucanr.edu).

The Pesticide Safety Educator works under the direction of the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) Coordinator. This position coordinates with UC ANR advisors and specialists, government agencies, professional organizations, and others to plan, develop and deliver local pesticide safety educational programs for fieldworkers, pesticide handlers, pesticide applicators, as well as other trainers of these clientele. This position supports development and delivery of programs that provide objective information about pesticide use and safety in order to reduce pesticide risks to human health and the environment. The Educator participates in program planning and supports the efforts of the PSEP Coordinator to identify priorities, engage cooperators and disseminate resources to achieve program goals. In addition, the Educator develops or assists in the development and delivery of outreach materials and training programs and also conducts systematic review of program materials to assure that they are up-to-date and meeting clientele needs.

If interested in finding out more about this position and/or to apply, visit https://jobs.ucop.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57905

Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 1:12 PM
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