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Nicholas Jordan, April 6, 2012

Nicholas Jordan is a Professory of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of MInnesota where he also oversees the Graduate Program in Conservation Biology. His research program in agricultural ecology addresses use of biological diversity to improve on-farm productivity and resource efficiency, while reducing harmful environmental effects of agroecosystems.

The interview can also be downloaded as a video podcast (311.0 MB) or as an audio file (.mp3 – 55.7 MB).

Ecological mechanisms relevant to the development of durably effective weed management systems that support the well-being of human communities in their social, economic and environmental dimensions. Work focuses on preventive approaches, i.e., integrated measures that suppress weed population sizes in agroecosystems and thus minimize direct competition between weeds and crops. Current work includes: several studies on weed-competitive cultivars, integrated weed management methods to reduce the frequency of herbicide-resistant weeds, studies of how weed populations in marginal land (e.g., roadsides) affect weed populations in cropland, and studies of the practical significance of evolutionary adaptation by weeds. Other work includes efforts to develop new working relationships between weed scientists and other agriculturalists (farmers, crop consultant, etc.) to increase the human resources available to develop more durably effective and environmentally-sound weed management methods.

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