RESEARCH CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIETY
The most critical weed issue is the risk of weed and weed management strategies to economy, human health, and the environment. Weeds reduce farm and forest productivity, effecting people health, and impact natural resources. We can reduce the risk of weeds and weed management strategies by developing a biologically based weed management systems that incorporate weed monitoring and threshold-based decision-making, biological and cultural controls, and use of reduced-risk herbicide. My entire program is focused on developing weed management strategies for rice and other agronomical crops to solve important economic and environmental problems. In addition, my program is focused on safe herbicide application and reduce off-target herbicide movement.
CURRENT SEARCH AREAS
My primary research goal is to apply expertise and leadership in weed science and plant physiology/ecology for the advancement of both applied and fundamental aspects of weed science. Among others, my research program works toward:
- Develop knowledge on weed biology and weed –rice competition,
- Understanding the physiological and biochemical mechanisms of herbicide resistance in key weeds of rice and develop management practices to prevent and manage weed resistance in rice,
- Improve and optimize weed management programs in rice, and
- Reduce off-target herbicide movement and study the effect of herbicide drift on nontarget plants