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Contribute to CABI’s new Plant Health Cases

Real-life examples of plant health in practice. 

About Plant Health Cases

Fresh green soy plants on the field in spring. Rows of young soybean plants . High quality photo

CABI, together with Editors in Chief Lone Buchwaldt, David B. Collinge, and Boyd A. Mori is embarking on a new type of online publication called Plant Health Cases.

Plant Health Cases will be a curated, peer-reviewed collection of real-life examples of plant health in practice. This will be an invaluable resource for students, lecturers, researchers, and research-led practitioners. We will be developing cases in all areas relevant to plant health, including:

  • plant diseases
  • plants pests
  • weeds
  • environmental factors
  • agronomic practices
  • diagnosis, prevention, monitoring and control
  • international trade and travel

What is a Case Study?

A Plant Health Case is a relatively short publication with a well-defined example of research in plant health, e.g. a study which results in reduced impact from a disease or pest problem. Cases should be between 3000 and 5000 words long, and can include photos, figures and tables. They should be written in an engaging style that is both science-based and accessible using a limited number of references. Importantly, each case should suggest points for discussion to broaden the reader’s horizon, inspire critical thinking and lead to interactions in the classroom or field.

Interested in Contributing to Plant Health Cases?

We are currently looking for contributions of case studies, and we welcome your ideas! You may have existing case study material ready prepared for use in teaching, or a good example of research in plant health which could be easily adapted to our template. For further information and guidance on how to submit your idea for a case study please see here: https://www.cabi.org/products-and-services/plant-health-cases/

Your submission will be peer-reviewed, and a DOI assigned at the time of publication similar to your other scientific publications. The corresponding author will receive £100 upon acceptance of the final case study. 

Publication Plan

We’re aiming to launch Plant Health Cases in mid-2023. Our case studies will offer practical, real-life examples in one easily searchable platform. All users will be able to search, browse and read summaries of case studies. Full text access will be available via individual or institutional subscription, or by purchasing a single case study.

Further Information

Please get in touch with Rebecca Stubbs, Commissioning Editor, CABI


About CABI

CABI is a not-for-profit, scientific research, international development and publishing organisation. Unlike other publishers, we use our surpluses to support scientific and rural development projects that help improve the lives of the world’s poorest people, which means that by publishing with us, you are helping to improve the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. Please visit our website at www.cabi.org

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Advances in integrated weed management


Professor Per Kudsk is Head of the Crop Health Section in the Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University, Denmark. An internationally-known expert in integrated weed management, he is a former President of the European Weed Research Society. Professor Kudsk has played a leading role in EU research projects such as IWMPRAISE and the ENDURE Network as well as in the European Plant Protection Organisation (EPPO).



Publication date:

26 April 2022

Length of book:

452 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786767455

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Weed management continues to face many challenges, including herbicide resistance, invasive species, climate change and how best to deploy the range of non-chemical control methods available. To tackle these challenges, integrated weed management (IWM) needs to evolve to embrace a more holistic, landscape-based agroecological approach.

Advances in integrated weed management provides an authoritative review of the latest developments in IWM. The book covers new research on understanding weed ecology as a basis for more sustainable control, as well as developments in technology to better target IWM techniques. This collection also offers examples of how advances are being applied in practice for particular crops.

Edited by Professor Per Kudsk, Aarhus University, Denmark, Advances in integrated weed management will be a standard reference for weed scientists, researchers in crop protection, agronomists, farmers, companies supplying/manufacturing pesticides, and government and private sector agencies supporting sustainable agriculture.

Key features

  • Summarises the current advances in IWM, such as the use of technology to allow for more informed decision making (e.g. decision support systems (DSS) and sensor technology) 
  • Discusses the challenges continually faced by the sector, including herbicide resistance, invasive species, climate change and how best to deploy the range of non-chemical control methods available 
  • Provides examples of the practical application of IWM and its optimisation in the field on different crops (cereals, vegetables, pasture, grasslands)

Sample content

Not sure what you’re getting if you buy this book? Click on the cover image below to open a PDF and preview pages from the book.  Alternatively, watch our informative video introduction.


What others are saying…

“With the evolution and spread of herbicide-resistant weeds, as well as the spread of invasive weeds and new weed challenges with climate change, weed management is becoming increasingly problematic. This volume provides information and insight from a group of distinguished experts on new approaches to tackling these problems with integrated weed management. I look forward to its publication.” Professor Stephen O. Duke, National Center for Natural Products Research, University of Mississippi, USA

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Part 1 Weed ecology
1.Advances in understanding the contribution of weeds to the functioning of agroecosystems: Sandrine Petit, Séverin Yvoz, Alexandre Ploteau, Camille Zuccolo and Stéphane Cordeau Agroécologie, AgroSup Dijon, INRAE, Univ. Bourgogne, Univ. Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Dijon, France;
2.Advances in understanding the dynamics of weed communities in integrated weed management systems: Jonathan Storkey, Sustainable Agriculture Science, Rothamsted Research, UK;
3.Advances in managing arable weed propagules: Bärbel Gerowitt, University of Rostock, Germany; and Barbara Baraibar, University of Lleida – Agrotecnio, Spain;
4.Advances in understanding allelopathic interactions between weeds and crops: Çağla Görkem Eroğlu and Aurélie Gfeller, Agroscope, Plant Production Systems, Herbology in Field Crops, Switzerland; Anna Elizabeth Louw-Gaume, Agroscope, Corporate Strategy, Switzerland; and Judith Wirth, Agroscope, Plant Production Systems, Herbology in Field Crops, Switzerland;
5.Advances in understanding invasive characteristics in weed species: Ahmet Uludağ, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey; Mehmet Arslan, Erciyes University, Turkey; İlhan Üremiş, Hatay Mustafa Kemal University, Turkey; and Necmi Aksoy, Düzce University, Turkey;

Part 2 Intelligent weed control technologies
6.Modelling the effects of cropping systems on weed dynamics: the trade-off between process analysis and decision support: Nathalie Colbach, AgroSup Dijon, INRAE, Université de Bourgogne, France;
7.Developing decision support systems (DSS) for weed management: Panagiotis Kanatas, University of Patras, Greece; and Ilias Travlos, Ioannis Gazoulis and Alexandros Tataridas, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece;
8.Advanced detection technologies for weed scouting: C. Fernandez-Quintanilla, J. Dorado and J. M. Peña, Instituto de Ciencias Agrarias (CSIC), Spain; and D. Andújar, Centro de Automatica y Robótica (CSIC), Spain;
9.Advances in precision application technologies for weed management: Ran N. Lati, Newe Ya’ar Research Center, Agricultural Research Organization, Israel; Roland Gerhards, University of Hohenheim, Germany; Hanan Eizenberg and Maor Matzrafi, Newe Ya’ar Research Center, Agricultural Research Organization, Israel; Lior Blank, Agricultural Research Organization – Volcani Center, Israel; and Svend Christensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark;
10.Advances in mechanical weed control technologies: Bo Melander and Margaret R. McCollough, Aarhus University, Denmark;

Part 3 Case studies
11.On-farm implementation of integrated weed management: M. M. Riemens and M. Elings, Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands;
12.Optimising integrated weed management in narrow-row crops: L. Bonin, ARVALIS-Institut du Végétal, France; R. Leskovšek, Agricultural Institute of Slovenia, Slovenia; C. Moonen, Institute of Life Science, Italy; W. Smith, NIAB, UK; and M. Sønderskov, Aarhus University, Denmark;
13.Integrated weed management in grasslands: Urs Schaffner, CABI, Switzerland; Heinz Müller-Schärer, University of Fribourg, Switzerland; and Andreas Lüscher, Agroscope, Switzerland;
14.Integrated weed management in perennial woody crops: Verónica Pedraza and José Luis González-Andújar, IAS-CSIC, Spain; Victoire Huet and Paul Tuteirihia, NIAB EMR, UK; and Julien Lecourt, Pôle Scientifique des vignobles Bernard Magrez, France;
15.Evaluating the economics of integrated weed management: Pieter de Wolf, Saskia Houben, William Bijker and Koen Klompe, Wageningen Plant Research, The Netherlands;

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I want to announce that the handbook I developed together with to other editors and 70 chapter authors on: “Integrated Nematode Management: state-of-the-art and visions for the future”

is now officially available, gratis, in open-access format on the CABI website.

The book can be download for direct viewing on your computer or smart phone or both or saved as a pdf for future use.

Please forward this link to anyone you know who might be interested in what we feel is an important hand book on applied plant pathology and nematology.

The link to the e-Book is available on the CABI website at:


The editors put together the 500 pages of science in 65 chapters with over 250+ figures in the 12 month window we set. Good collaborators.

I look forward to any comments you have and hope the vast majority are positive! Of course nothing is perfect.

All the best over the holiday season whether Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years or other special occasion.

Sincerely yours

Richard Sikora



Richard A. Sikora, Prof. em.

Institute for Crop Science & Resource Conservation Consultant Plant Health Management University of Bonn, Germany

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Rice Scientists,

About 5 months ago the US AGRONOMY journal invited me to write a review. Since it is pandemic time I thought it will be a nice mental challenge. After peer reviews, corrections, editing etc, it is finally published. Those interested the online version is available for those interested. https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4395/11/11/2208/pdf

KL Heong


Ecological Engineering for Rice Insect Pest Management: The Need to Communicate Widely, Improve Farmers’ Ecological Literacy and Policy Reforms to Sustain Adoption

by Kong-Luen Heong 1,*,Zhong-Xian Lu 2,Ho-Van Chien 3,Monina Escalada 4,Josef Settele 5,Zeng-Rong Zhu 1 andJia-An Cheng 11Institute of Insect Sciences, College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China2Institute of Plant Protection and Microbiology, Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Hangzhou 310021, China3Department of Plant Protection, Mekong University, Vinh Long 890000, Vietnam4Department of Development Communication, Visayas State University, Baybay City 6521, Philippines5Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research—UFZ, 06120 Halle, Germany*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.Academic Editor: George G. KennedyAgronomy202111(11), 2208; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11112208Received: 20 September 2021 / Revised: 24 October 2021 / Accepted: 29 October 2021 / Published: 30 October 2021(This article belongs to the Special Issue Crop Pest Management Based on Ecological Principles)
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Ecological engineering (EE) involves the design and management of human systems based on ecological principles to maximize ecosystem services and minimize external inputs. Pest management strategies have been developed but farmer adoption is lacking and unsustainable. EE practices need to be socially acceptable and it requires shifts in social norms of rice farmers. In many countries where pesticides are being marketed as “fast moving consumer goods” (FMCG) it is a big challenge to shift farmers’ loss-averse attitudes. Reforms in pesticide marketing policies are required. An entertainment education TV series was able to reach wider audience to improve farmers’ ecological literacy, shifting beliefs and practices. To sustain adoption of ecologically based practices organizational structures, incentives systems and communication strategies to support the new norms and practices are needed. View Full-TextKeywords: ecological engineeringentertainment-educationadoptionsustainabilityrice insect pest managementrice farmerspesticide marketingpolicy reformecosystem services▼ Show Figures

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