Weed identification & ecology booklet
A team of researchers at the School has been working with farmers and conservationists in Haute Provence to develop a new approach to weeds in organic farming. The archaeological motivation for studying present-day weed floras is that they offer a basis of comparison with ancient weed floras and farming systems.
By researching the ecology of 45 weed species, the researchers have developed an open access resource to enable farmers and archaeologists alike to identify the value of weeds as indicators of growing conditions on a piece of land, their impact on crop yields and other uses such as for food, fodder or medicine.
This booklet describes 45 weeds of the organic cereal fields of Haute Provence ranging from the most agriculturally troublesome to the most threatened in the present-day flora. An overview of ethnobotanical uses and an ecological summary is provided for each of the 45 weeds.
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