EXTENDED DEADLINE - A Special Issue on ‘Integrated Weed Management: Tools and Strategies in a World of Pesticide Restriction’ is coming soon!


Dear Authors,

We are pleased to inform you about the Italian Journal of Agronomy Special Issue and 2021 Symposium “Integrated Weed Management: Tools and Strategies in a World of Pesticide Restriction” to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Italian Society of Agronomy in Udine, Italy, September 2021 (to be confirmed according to COVID restrictions).

Udine. Symposium venue (2 hours by train from Venice)

Reducing environmental impact of crop protection is a key priority of modern agriculture and weed management strategies. Herbicides and other pesticides are being restricted around the world due to perceived negative environmental impacts from their use. Regardless of perceived or real environmental impacts, world-wide weed management in agro-ecosystems are heavily dependent on a limited number of control tactics, mostly herbicide-reliant, that are not sustainable in the long-term due to the evolution of herbicide resistance. Reliance on herbicides as the primary means of weed control can create a never-ending need to develop more herbicides to replace herbicides to which resistance has evolved.

More complex strategies, based on the integration of a diversified set of complementary tactics and tools, are necessary to replace or complement herbicide-based managements. Cropping systems can contribute to reduce weed cover and increase crop competitiveness: mechanical and physical tools have been designed to control weeds in different crops and conditions, cover crops can inhibit weed seed germination and prevent their growth. Those and many further tools and tactics can provide a relevant contribution, but only their accurate integration, calibrated according to the specific crop characteristics and local environmental conditions, can guarantee a sustainable and effective weed control.

This Special Issue will focus on sustainable tools and strategies for weed management in agro-ecosystems. The main objectives should consider the effect of innovative tools and strategies on weed control, with a specific attention to crop productivity and overall sustainability.

We welcome papers resulting from innovative research, reviews, meta-analyses and opinion pieces covering all related topics including:
- Precision farming and weeds control (taking the focus on more agronomical trial than on mechanical ones)
- Innovative cover crops and their management (permanent living crop, allelopathy, relay cropping) - Natural products from weed control (essential oils, natural acids….)
- High competitive varieties and hybrids against weeds.
- Integrated management practices to optimize herbicide usage.
- Other unique and innovative ideas for weed management.

A limited number of manuscripts (approximately 12-15) will be selected for the special issue. Manuscripts not selected for the special issue will be highly encouraged to be presented as a poster at the 2021 Symposium in Udine with abstracts published in the conference proceedings.

Authors are recommended to carefully check the Journal Guidelines and policies before submitting: https://agronomy.it/index.php/agro/about/submissions

Details about article processing charges: https://www.agronomy.it/index.php/agro/fee

The submission deadline has been extended to 10 March 2021.

However, to check suitability, we encourage authors to send a short abstract (400 words max) and potential title and authors within the end of 31 October 2020. [For a preliminary evaluation of the abstract, please contact directly: editor-in-chief@agronomy.it and/or vgiannini@uniss.it ; on the system we accept only submissions of full manuscript.].
Selected manuscripts will be notified by 15 November 2020.

Guest Editors

Vittoria Giannini
Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Sassari, Sassari, Italy

Donato Loddo
Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection, National Research Council of Italy, Legnaro (PD), Italy

Scott McElroy
Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, Auburn University, Auburn, USA