This book is written by Dr. Shobha Sondhia and Dr. Jay G. Varshney who are well-known experts in the field of weed management and herbicide use. The book contains fourteen chapters, beginning with an overview followed by basic information on herbicide chemistry, classification, absorption, transport, mode of action, metabolism in plants, selectivity and resistance, fate and persistence, adjuvants, use of herbicides in major field crops, herbicides residues in soil, food chain, water and its management, effect on soil health, succeeding crop, non target organisms, and herbicide toxicology, which are discussed in detail. In the last two chapters formulations and application techniques and equipments are given with illustrations and figures. At the end of the book, list of herbicides, their common and chemical name along with toxicity class, maximum residue limits, physicochemical properties are also appended. The authors believe that this book will be of immense use as a reference book for the academicians, researchers, students and policy makers for quick reference.
Dr. Shobha Sondhia is meticulously handling research works in the capacity of Senior Scientist at Directorate of Weed Research. Jabalpur. Currently she is also working as an In-Charge of All India Coordinated Research Project on Weed Management. Dr. Sondhia obtained M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Prestigious Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur and Post Doctoral Research at United States Department of Agriculture, Oxford, Mississippi. Dr. Sondhia is a recipient of many awards, fellowships, recognitions from national and international agencies. Dr. Sondhia has one patent to her credit besides over 60 research papers, 90 presentations on national and international platforms and authored a reference book entitled “Herbicides” which received the ISWS Best Book Award for the year 2010. She is a life/annual member of a dozen of scientific and professional societies. She has recognized as a resource person in the field of herbicide chemistry/residues by many universities and research institutes. She has also worked in the editorial Board of Indian Journal of Weed Science. She has worked referees/reviewer of research journals of high impacts. Dr. Shobha Sondhia had done outstanding work on herbicide residues, degradation, method developments, influence of abiotic/biotic and physiological factors on herbicide efficacy and selectivity, herbicide leaching, identification of herbicide metabolites/degradation products, environmental impact of herbicides on non-targeted organisms, herbicide mitigation measures and isolation and identification of biomolecules. She has guided several M. Sc. and M. Phil, students. She worked as a member of Student Advisory Committee for Ph.D. program with her vast experience and exposure she has organized five national trainings. She is a recipient of “Achiever Award 2012” by Society for Advancement of Human and Nature. She has also been recognized as ‘Fellow of Indian Society of Weed Science. She is also unanimously elected as Treasurer of Indian Society of weed Science (2014-17). Dr. Sondhia has been honoured several times in her academic and professional career with several awards and recognitions such as INSA Young Scientist Travel Grant Fellowship, Travel Grant Fellowship of International Allelopathy Society, USA, National Agricultural Innovative Program (NAIP) fellowship. Recognition in Marquis Biography World WHO’S WHO, Best Scientist Award 2007, Best worker award in the scientific category DWR 2015, Silver Jubilee Foundation day Certificate of Appreciation by DWR, Jabalpur, Key Speaker in many national and international conferences.