Weeds

Weeds: An Environmental History of Metropolitan America

Author: 
Zachary J.S. Falck
Publisher: 
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication Date: 
2010
ISBN: 
978–0–822–94405–8

cloth, 256 pp., $40.00

Historian Zachary Falck reflects on the nature and perception of weeds in a metropolitan setting. Although the inhabitants of urban environments have tended to perceive them as unwelcome invaders and equated with undesirable members of society, the author describes such vegetation as “happenstance plants.” He traces the relationship of the urban public with plants, noting that these maligned invaders are slowly becoming recognized as part of the evolutionary processes.

— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden

Volume: 
13
Number: 
5

Weed Risk Assessment

Author: 
R.H. Groves, F.D. Panetta, and J.G. Virtue (editors)
Publisher: 
Collingwood, Victoria, Australia: CSIRO Publishing (distributed in the U.S. by Antipodes Books & Beyond Ltd., Silver Spring, Md.)
Publication Date: 
2001
ISBN: 
0-643-06561-x

paper, 244 p., AUS$80

As one of the first books to address risk assessment in terms of invasive plants, this book does a remarkable job in blending theory with practice. The editors collected papers from the First International Workshop on Weed Risk Assessment (convened in Adelaide in 1999), asked their authors to expand and update their presentations and then edited them for inclusion in this very engaging volume. Altogether, 30 contributors from Australia, Ecuador, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and United States bring their expertise to this volume of 19 chapters.

Volume: 
3
Number: 
5
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