The theory and application of plant competition models: An agronomic perspective

Sarah E. Park, Laurence R. Benjamin, Andrew R. Watkinson

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Many studies of plant competition have been directed towards understanding how plants respond to density in monocultures and how the presence of weeds affects yield in crops. In this Botanical Briefing, the development and current understanding of plant competition is reviewed, with particular emphasis being placed on the theory of plant competition and the development and application of mathematical models to crop–weed competition and the dynamics of weeds in crops. By consolidating the results of past research in this manner, it is hoped to offer a context in which researchers can consider the potential directions for future research in competition studies and its application to integrated weed management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)741-748
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of Botany
Issue number6
Early online date23 Oct 2003
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2003


  • Competition
  • weed management
  • modelling
  • crop–weed interaction
  • experimental design

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