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Composition and abundance of weed-species in relation to physicochemical variables in soil for peach Prunus persica L. var. Rubidoux

Weed landscape in a peach crop. Photo: F.-E. Forero-Ulloa


Weeds are the main biological constraint for production and sustainability in agricultural systems. This is due to the ability of weeds to modify soil physicochemical conditions (i.e., nutrients, pH, organic matter). It is for this reason that having information on the physicochemical characteristics of the soil within the crop allows observing ecological aspects and the distribution of weed species. The objective of this study was to determine the composition and frequency of weed species and their relationship with soil physicochemical variables in peach Prunus persica L. var. Rubidoux. This study determined the composition and frequency of weed species in relation to physicochemical variables in soil for apeach crop with a total of twenty 10×10 m quadrats within a 2 ha peach crop. Weed species were identified taxonomically. A physicochemical characterization of the soil was performed in each quadrat. A total of 13 weed species were recorded, distributed in 10 families and 8 orders, with the Asteraceae family being the most representative. Additionally, physicochemical variations were found in the soil samples in the peach crop. The soil data were contrasted with the distribution patterns and frequency of weed species. Some weed species were not individually related to the soil physicochemical variables. Our results support efforts to explore how variations in soil physicochemical conditions in a crop can modulate weed species distribution patterns.


Diversity, Weed flora, Fertilization, Sampling



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