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MSU researchers study how weeds become resistant to herbicides


Last updated 8/26/2020 at 7:48am

MSU Photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez

A field of barley is seen with a backdrop of the Bridger Mountains near Bozeman July 15, 2016. Montana State University researchers are working on finding out why some weeds become herbicide resistant.

By Reagan Colyer

MSU News Service

BOZEMAN - Herbicide-resistant weeds are a critical but often overlooked issue facing modern agriculture, according to Montana State University researcher William Dyer. Thanks to a new grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Dyer and research scientist Barbara Keith will continue decades of research into exactly how weeds develop that resistance.

Herbicides are used to combat weeds without killing crops, as opposed to pesticides, which target insects, fungi and other non-plant threats to crops. Herbicides represent more than 75 percent of all pes...

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