Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI)

Weed resistance to synthetic auxin herbicides

Herbicides classified as synthetic auxins have been most commonly used to control broadleaf weeds in a variety of crops and in non-cropland areas since the first synthetic auxin herbicide (SAH), 2,4-D, was introduced to the market in the mid-1940s.

The incidence of weed species resistant to SAHs is relatively low considering their long-term global application with 30 broadleaf, five grass, and one grass-like weed species confirmed resistant to date.

An understanding of the context and mechanisms of SAH resistance evolution can inform management practices to sustain the longevity and utility of this important class of herbicides.

A symposium was convened during the 2nd Global Herbicide Resistance Challenge (May 2017; Denver, CO, USA) to provide an overview of the current state of knowledge of SAH resistance mechanisms including case studies of weed species resistant to SAHs and perspectives on mitigating resistance development in SAH-tolerant crops.

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