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Details

Weed Scientist
Tel: 031 508 7400 (Switchboard)
Tel: 031 508 7438 (Direct)
Email: peta.campbell@sugar.org.za

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).

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Qualifications

HDE (Durban).

MSc and PhD (Pietermaritzburg).