The 54rd Annual Weed Review
Alternatives for weed control: picking the winners


The BCPC Weed Review 2017 will focus on alternative options for weed control.

A set of talk and  case studies will be followed by an open debate with the speakers.

Key topics include: regulatory perspective and future potential losses, the impact on arable and horticultural crops, getting over the challenges and new technologies.

PhD students and other researchers will have the opportunity to present posters on their current research

Provisional Agenda

9.30 Arrival, coffee

Morning session

10.00 Chairman’s introduction

10.05 Weather – Peter Lutman

10.15 – 10.45 Setting the scene – a regulators perspective including future potential losses.

10.45 – 11.15 Arable perspective; including black grass, relevance to other crops, cost benefit, rotations and drilling including Frontier project – Dave Robinson, Frontier

11.15 – 11.45 Horticultural perspective; including loss and  effect on horticulture, what growers are doing to get over the challenges and case studies – Andy Richardson, Allium and Brassica Centre.

11.45 Questions session

12.00 PhD session

12.30 Lunch

Afternoon session

14.00 – 14.30 Amenity presentation – Languard

14.30 – 15.00 Individual presentations showing technology

  • Robotics – Simon Pearson, Lincoln University
  • EyeSpot – Reading University
  • Electric Weeding – Ubiqutek
  • Machinery – Garfords
  • Organic growing – John Pawsey

15.00 – 15.30 Debate session with presenters.

15.30 – 15.45
Wrap up session