Date of Award

5-2008

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Plant Sciences

Major Professor

J. Scott McElroy

Committee Members

Thomas C. Mueller, John C. Sorochan, C. Neal Stewart Jr.

Abstract

Four bioassays were conducted to evaluate an ecotype of Poa annua L. from Chattanooga for resistance to prodiamine, pendimethalin, and dithiopyr herbicides. MSmedia, filter-paper, and soil-based bioassays all evaluated root growth response in mature seed from the Chattanooga ecotype and a sensitive control. The hydroponics bioassay evaluated mature tiller response. All the bioassays were able to diagnose the Chattanooga population as resistant to prodiamine and pendimethalin. The soil-based bioassay was able to detect minimal resistance to dithiopyr. Additionally, the Chattanooga population exhibited variability of resistance to dinitroanalines.

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