School of Natural and Environmental Sciences


Black-Grass Resistance Initiative

In Northern Europe, weed control in cereal crops has become one of the greatest challenges to sustainable intensification. Weeds account for higher yield losses and greater input costs than all other pests and diseases. The most problematic are the wild grasses, notably black-grass, which has become steadily more difficult to control over the last 30 years due to the evolution of herbicide resistance.

In this 4 year project, we are using a combination of molecular biology and biochemistry, ecology and evolution, modelling and integrated pest management to develop better tools to monitor and manage herbicide resistance in black-grass under field conditions.

The project represents a novel agri-systems approach, linking molecular biology of herbicide resistance to on farm monitoring and modelling based on a quantitative genetics approach to define the effectiveness of different intervention measures and provide new resistance control measures.

More details of this project can be found on the project homepage.