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Dr. Darren Robinson

Horticultural Crop Weed Management
Associate Professor

Degrees:

Ph.D. (Agr.) Weed Science - University of Guelph
M.Sc. (Bot.) Plant Pathology - University of Manitoba
B. Sc. (Biol.) Plant Ecology - University of Winnipeg

Research Interests:

My research interests are weed management in vegetable crops, the influence of cultural practices and soil fertility on crop-weed competition, and the effect of herbicide residues on production of vegetable crops. The management of weeds in vegetable crops has been a significant component of this research program, and currently is focussed on the development of integrated weed management strategies. Recent or current projects include:

  • Effect of topramezone residues on high value crops
  • How do herbicide residues affect cover crop establishment, growth and ability to stabilize soil aggregates?
  • Pesticide interactivity: 1) interactions between postemergence herbicides and white mold fungicides in snap bean, 2)interactions between chloracetamide and protoporphyrinogen oxidase-inhibiting herbicides in cole crops
  • How do cumulative stress factors (drift, hail and herbicide application timing) affect development and productivity of tomato?
  • Use of micro-rates for weed control in red beet
  • Weed competition, and soil resource availability in rolled rye systems for vine crops

Research Associates:

Dave Bilyea
Phone: 519-674-1500 x63638
dbilyea@uoguelph.ca Email Dave

Graduate Students:

Kristen McNaughton
PhD. Student
Department of Plant Agriculture
Phone: 519-674-1500 x63638
kmcnaugh@uoguelph.ca Email Kristen
Allison Friesen
M.Sc. Student
Department of Plant Agriculture
afriesen@uoguelph.ca Email Allison
María Angélica Rojas
PhD. Candidate
Department of Plant Agriculture
Phone: 519-674-1500 x63212
marojas@uoguelph.ca Email Maria

Teaching:

I teach in the Agriculture, Environmental and Horticulture diploma programs at Ridgetown Campus. Courses include:

Selected Publications:

  • Robinson, D.E. and McNaughton, K.E. in press March 6, 2012. Time of application of s-metolachlor affects growth, marketable yield and quality of carrot and red beet. American Journal of Plant Sciences 3: XXX-XXX.
  • Miller, R.T., Soltani, N., Robinson, D.E., Kraus, T.E. Sikkema, P.H. in press February 22, 2012. Biologically effective rate of saflufenacil/dimethenamid-p in soybean (Glycine max). Canadian Journal of Plant Science 92: XXX-XXX.
  • Robinson, D.E. and McNaughton, K.E. in press November 25, 2011. Saflufenacil carryover injury varies among rotational crops. Weed Technology 26: XXX-XXX.
  • Nurse, R.E., Sikkema, P.H. and Robinson, D.E. 2011. Weed control and sweet maize (Zea mays L.) yield as affected by pyroxasulfone dose. Crop Protection 30: 789-793.
  • O’Reilly, K.A., Robinson, D.E., Vyn, R.J. and Van Eerd, L.L. 2011. Weed populations, sweet corn yield and economics under fall cover crop systems. Weed Technology 25: 374-384.
  • Williams II, M.M., Boydston, R.A., Peachey, R.E., and Robinson, D.E. 2011. Performance consistency of reduced atrazine use in sweet corn. Field Crops Research 121: 96-104.

Recent Publications and Reports:

2012 Weed Control in Tomatoes Research Results - 2012 - This report is provided as a guide to the 2012 tomato weed control research control plots. view Weed Control in Tomatoes Research Results - 2012 Document

2012 Weed Control in Processing Cucumbers Research Results - 2012 - This booklet is provided as a guide to the 2012 processing cucumber weed control research control plots. view Weed Control in Processing Cucumbers Research Results - 2012 Document

2012 Weed Control in Processing Vegetables Research Results - 2012 - This booklet is provided as a guide to the 2012 processing vegetable weed control research control plots. view Weed Control in Processing Vegetables Research Results - 2012 Document

2012 Tomato/Pepper IPM Handout view Tomato/Pepper IPM Handout Document

2012 Herbicide Injury Symptoms in Tomatoes view Herbicide Injury Symptoms in Tomatoes Document

View the complete list of reports by Dr. Darren Robinson on the reports page.

For potential graduate students:

I am looking for students interested in vegetable crop weed management, with an emphasis on mechanisms of competition or plant-soil relationships. Specific research questions include: 1. How do herbicide residues affect vegetable production and cover crop function? 2. How do you control weeds in vegetable crops, and what is the impact of competition on crop yield? 3. How does cumulative stress affect development and productivity of vegetable crops? Experience in plant ecology, plant-soil interactions, and/or weed science would be useful. For more information, please email me.

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