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Further reading and contacts

HGCA publications

Topic Sheet 24 - Dormancy and persistence of volunteer oilseed rape

Topic Sheet 100 - Effective, sustainable Italian rye-grass control in winter cereals

Information Sheet 02 - Pre-harvest glyphosate application to wheat and barley

Information Sheet 03 - Herbicide-resistant black-grass: managing risk with fewer options

Information Sheet 06 - Control of ALS-resistant chickweed and poppy in cereals

Information Sheet 07 - Identification and control of brome grasses

Oilseed rape – a grower’s guide (HGCA 2005)

Managing and preventing herbicide resistance in weeds (HGCA/WRAG Guidelines 2003)


Weed identification

Chancellor, R.J. The identification of weed seedlings of farm and garden ,1966, Blackwell Scientific Publications

Clapham, A.R., Tutin, T.G. and Warburg, E.F., Excursion flora of the British Isles,1985, Cambridge University Press

Fitter R, Fitter A, and Blamey,M., The Wild Flowers of Britain and Northern Europe 1974, Collins

Fitter, R., Fitter, A., and Farrer, A. Grasses, sedges, rushes and ferns of Britain and Northern Europe,1984 ,Harper Collins

Hanf, M. 1983 The Arable Weeds of Europe with their seedlings and seeds 1983 BASF

Rose, F. The wild flower key ,1981, Penguin

Tutin T.N., Umbellifers of the British Isles, 1980, BSBI Handbook no 2 54

Horticultural development council , 2008, Weed Identification Guide

Williams, J. B. and Morrison J. R. ADAS Colour Atlas of Weed Seedlings 1987 Wolfe Publishing

Wilson, P., and King, M. Arable Plants - a Field Guide 2003 English Nature



Background reading

Britt et al.2003  The Herbicide Handbook:  Guidance on the use of herbicides on nature conservation sites English Nature isbn 1857167465

Carvell,C. Pywell, R. Smart, S. and Roy ,D.(2001) DEFRA contract no: BD1617 R. Pywell, S. Smart and D. Roy (2001) 'Restoration and management of bumblebee habitat on arable farmland: literature review'

Cavers, P.B. and Harper, J.L. Rumex obtusifolius and R.crispus L. LC (Ed 11), No 1686, List Br. Vasc. Pl. (1958) No. 325. 12 1964 Journal of Ecology 52 737-754

Froud-Williams, R. J. and Lutman, P.J.W. A biological framework for developing a weed management support system for weed control in winter wheat: weed seed biology 1999 Meeting to determine the future priorities and strategy for UK public-funded weed research to improve weed control decisions MAFF 8

Grime, J.P., Hodgson, J. G. & Hunt, R. Comparative Plant Ecology 1988 Unwin

Gwynne, D.C. and Murray, R.B. Weed biology and control in agriculture and horticulture 1985 Batsford academic and educational

Hubbard, C.E. Grasses 1984 Pelican

Lutman, P. J. W, Tucker, G., G., and Broad, H. Standard Descriptions of Growth Stages of Annual Dicotyledonous Weeds 1987 Annals of Applied Biology 110

Marshall, J., Brown, V., Boatman, N., Lutman, P. and Squire, G. The impact of herbicides on weed abundance and biodiversity. Report PN0940 2001 MAFF

Preston, C.D.,

Pearman, D.A., and Dines, T.D. New Atlas of the British and Irish Flora 2002 Oxford University Press

Roberts, H. A.Weed Control Handbook, Seventh Edition 1982 BCPC/Blackwell

Salisbury, E. Weeds and Aliens 1961 Collins

Schering A.G, Weeds in sugar beet 1989

Stace, C. New flora of the British Isles 1997 Cambridge University Press

Tottman, D. R., and Broad, H. The Decimal Code for the Growth Stages of Cereals With Illustrations 1987 Annals of Applied Biology 110

UK Pesticide guides



Enhancing Arable Biodiversity – six practical solutions for farmers (SAFFIE 2007)



HGCA website:





Ecological Flora of the British Isles:

Chemicals Regulation Directorate

Duke, J. A. Handbook of Energy Crops 1983 (url- )

Garden organic- organic weed management;

Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni and Luis M. Hernández HOSTS - a database of the hostplants of the world's Lepidoptera url: National History Museum



Defra reports-Available from defra website -


PT0208 (1996) - Genetic variation in resistance to herbicides - variability in herbicide performance

PT0209 (1997) - Susceptibility of arable weeds to herbicides

PT0211 (2001) - Developing strategies for reducing the risk from herbicide-resistant wild-oats

PT0217/8 (2000) - Herbicide resistance in black-grass and wild-oats