WECOF: A new project developing enhanced weed control through improved crop and plant architecture

D H K Davies, SP Hoad, Laura Boyd

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Abstract


A primary objective of the EU-funded WECOF project is to optimise the natural competitiveness of winter wheat in reducing weed growth, and thus reduce the need for direct weed control interventions. Crops are characterised by ranking the relative importance of key plant and crop factors in shading weed growth. A series of core trials have been established in Germany, Scotland, Poland and Spain comparing plant structure by the use of different varieties and crop architectural factors by the use of different sowing row widths and direction. Variety trials have also been established in Scotland with constant row width and sowing direction to give more detailed varietal comparisons. Results from the first set of trials in Scotland are described. There are clear varietal differences in weed suppression; row-width has a bigger effect than sowing direction. Results will be used to developing models to assist breeders in producing improved crop ideotypes for organic production, and in production of a decision support system to assist farmers and advisers in variety selection and management for improved weed suppression. WECOF also includes work on allelopathy and photocontrol, and on the related economic factors.


Original languageEnglish
Pages299-302
Number of pages4
Publication statusPrint publication - 26 Mar 2002
EventThe Colloquium of Organic Researchers (COR), UK Organic Research 2002 conference - Organic Centre Wales, Institute of Rural Studies, University of Wales, Aberystwyth , United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Mar 200228 Mar 2002

Conference

ConferenceThe Colloquium of Organic Researchers (COR), UK Organic Research 2002 conference
Abbreviated titleCOR 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityAberystwyth
Period26/03/0228/03/02

Keywords

  • Weed Control
  • Wheat
  • Organic Agriculture
  • Europe
  • EU
  • Organic Farming
  • Weed Competition
  • Wheat Cultivars
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Poland
  • Italy
  • Allelopathy
  • Photocontrol
  • Decision Support System

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