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10.2: Weeds, Transgenic Crops for Pest Management, and Pathogens

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  • Weeds are a major crop pest that persist in agricultural ecosystems, and significant resources are allocated to studying weeds and developing technologies to control them. What characteristics make weeds such significant pests and how can they be controlled? We will employ the plant lifecycle terms that you learned about in Module 6 to describe weed lifecycles and identify effective weed control practices. We will also explore how the principles of integrated pest management are applied in weed management; and you will learn about transgenic pest control practices that have been widely adopted for insect and weed control; as well as some plant pathogen management principles.