Weed Ecology and Evolution
We span basic to applied research questions, believing that the best applied outcomes rest on a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of weed biology. We believe that weedy plants are excellent models for basic studies of rapid, human-mediated plant adaptation. Equally, we recognize that attempts to develop sustainable weed management strategies must acknowledge and mitigate these rapid evolutionary processes.
Our group adopts a ‘gene to landscape’ approach to weed population biology applying techniques and principles from plant ecology, evolutionary biology, population and quantitative genetics, genomics, epidemiology, modelling and crop science.
- The evolution of weedy plants.
- Weed-crop competition.
- Plant-plant-microbe interactions in cropping systems.
- Population genomics of weeds.
- Evolution of resistance to herbicides.
- Site-specific weed management.
- Weed population dynamics.
- Novo Nordisk Foundation start package: Basic research on ecology, evolution, and sustainable management of weedy plants in agroecosystems (as PI).
- University of Copenhagen PhD scholarship: Exploring local adaptation an evolution of weediness in a global collection of Alopecurus myosuroides (as PI).
- Miljøstyrelsens Program for Bekæmpelsesmiddelforskning: Biology and management of herbicide resistance in Poa annua (as Co-PI).
- CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellowship: Harnessing modern spatial analysis to better predict the emergence and management of pesticide resistance in agricultural systems (as Co-PI).
- Ziyan Zhou