Weeds of the Lesser Antilles
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CTA. 1992. Weeds of the Lesser Antilles. Spore 37. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Weeds of the Lesser Antilles (Mauvaises herbes des Petites Antilles) INRA - 147 rue de l'Universite 75007 Paris - FRANCE
A bilingual (English-French) book detailing the major and most common weeds found in the Lesser Antilles has been published. CTA and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs financed this publication of the work of two scientists, Jacques Fournet and John L Hammerton, published by the Institut national de recherches agronomiques, France (INRA). Jacques Fournet is the Director of the Plant Pathology, Plant Ecology, and Weed Research Station at the INRA Antilles Guyana Centre in Petit-Bourg(Guadeloupe), and is a specialist in botany and plant ecology. John L Hammerton was formerly Regional Director in St Lucia and CARDI Regional Officer for Unity (Windward Islands), and has carried out many studies of weeds in Belize, Jamaica and the Lesser Antilles. The authors define a weed as any plant which happens to be growing in the wrong place at the wrong time, and they proceed to discuss this obviously subjective definition of weeds. One hundred and fifty weed species are dealt with in the text and with full colour photos. The authors make no apology for not suggesting weed control methods, as these depend on the local conditions and environments. Despite their bad press and their undoubted nuisance, weeds are obviously capable of arousing the passions of specialists, and the authors' enthusiasm for the subject shines through each page of the book. Weeds of the Lesser Antilles (Mauvaises herbes des Petites Antilles) INRA - 147 rue de l'Universite 75007 Paris - FRANCE