Peta Campbell

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Peta Campbell


Senior Agronomist: Weed Control
(Plant and Environment Research Centre)

HDE (Durban)
MSc and PhD (Pietermaritzburg)

Email: peta.campbell@sugar.org.za
Tel: 031 508 7438

Role To initiate and conduct research into the use of herbicides as part of IWM (integrated weed management) and to establish optimum recommendations.

To conduct field based studies on the timing, efficacy and impact of herbicides on problem weeds in the industry, while protecting the crop.

To foster links with researchers and institutions with similar research interests.
Expertise Design, establish and monitor field-based herbicide trials.

Apply digital analyses to verify visual monitoring of herbicide efficacy trials.
Research Interests Develop IWM strategies for problem weeds in industry.

Communicate research findings in co-operation with Extension Specialists to the customers.

Alien plant control and rehabilitation.
Key Outcomes

Demonstrate the cost-effectiveness of herbicides to halt weed encroachment into fields.

Compare the environmental impact of herbicides used in industry.

Show methods for avoiding /slowing possible herbicide resistance in industry.

Key Publications

Campbell, P.L. Armstrong, D and Ogilvie, G. (2007). Developing systematic management for whole-farm infestations of Cynodon dactylon in sugarcane. Proc Int Soc Sug Cane Technol 26: 399 - 403.

Campbell, PL (2008). Efficacy of glyphosate applied to short- and long-stolon Cynodon dactylon and the search for alternative post-emergence herbicides. Poster presented at the 81st Annual SASTA Congress, 29 - 31 July 2008. ICC, Durban, South Africa.

Campbell PL (2008). Efficacy of glyphosate applied to short- and long-stolon Cynodon dactylon and the search for alternative post-emergence herbicides. SA J Plant & Soil. In Press.

P.L. Campbell, M.T. Smith, C. Sewpersad and M. van den Berg (2008). Image analysis to quantify herbicide efficacy for Cynodon dactylon control SA J Plant & Soil. In Press.

PL Campbell, GW Leslie and GW Maher (2009).  Communication of best practices for the use of two pesticides in the SA sugar industry. Poster presentation submitted for the Combined Congress: 19 - 22 January 2009. Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa.

PL Campbell (2006). Hormone herbicides: Avoiding the risk. Link, May 2006.

PL Campbell (2007). Off-season weed control. Link, Jan 2007.

PL Campbell (2007). Controlling creeping grass. Link, Sep 2007.

SASRI Herbicide Guide (annual updates) .