Nurse, Robert E., Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Weed Science


Contact Information:

2585 County Road 20
Harrow, Ontario N0R 1G0
Telephone: 519-738-1288
Fax: 519-738-2929
Email: robert.nurse@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • develop sustainable, economical, environmentally safe weed management strategies using integrated weed management principles in field and horticultural crops
  • engineer novel, more efficacious reduced risk weed control strategies for minor use crops
  • understand the effect of biotic factors on growth, population, and community dynamics of agricultural weeds, including that of invasive and/or herbicide resistant populations
  • obtain a better understanding of the seed biology/ecology of agricultural weeds, with special emphasis on invasive or herbicide-resistant populations

Current Projects:

  • Evaluation of low risk management of insects, weeds and diseases in field grown vegetables
  • An Eastern Canada Research Network for the study of organic vegetable rotational cropping systems
  • Impact of cropping systems, climate change and fungal pathogens on allergenic agricultural weeds in eastern Canada
  • Evaluation of living mulches for suppression of annual grasses in sweet corn
  • Development and impact of a decision support system for the application of herbicides on the spatial-temporal distribution of weeds in a corn-soybean rotation
  • Evaluation of reduced-risk weed management options in field grown processing tomatoes
  • Evaluation of reduced-risk weed management options in sugar beets
  • Evaluation of low risk weed management options in dry edible beans, snap beans, lima beans, carrots, red beets and peas
  • Evaluation of reduced-risk weed management options in seed corn

Affiliations:

  • Canadian Weed Science Society
  • Ontario Weeds Committee
  • International Weed Science Society
  • Northeastern Weed Science Society
  • Weed Science Society of America
  • Special Graduate Faculty, University of Guelph

Research Publications:

The links below lead to abstracts with access to full text.

2014

  • Ford, L., Soltani, N., McFadden, A., Nurse, R.E., Robinson, D.E., and Sikkema, P.H. (2014). "Control of Canada Fleabane (Conyza canadensis) with glyphosate DMA/2,4-D choline applications in corn (Zea mays).", Agricultural Sciences, 5(1), pp. 77-83. doi : 10.4236/as.2014.51009
  • Ford, L., Soltani, N., Robinson, D.E., Nurse, R.E., McFadden, A., and Sikkema, P.H. (2014). "Canada fleabane (Conyza canadensis) control with preplant applied residual herbicides followed by 2,4-D choline/glyphosate DMA applied postemergence in corn.", Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 94(7), pp. 1231-1237. doi : 10.4141/CJPS2013-403
  • Ford, L., Soltani, N., Robinson, D.E., Nurse, R.E., McFadden, A., and Sikkema, P.H. (2014). "Efficacy of 2,4-D choline/glyphosate DMA on glyphosate resistant Canada fleabane (Conyza canadensis) at different sizes.", American Journal of Plant Sciences, 5(18), pp. 2755-2763. doi : 10.4236/ajps.2014.518292
  • Ford, L., Soltani, N., Robinson, D.E., Nurse, R.E., McFadden, A., and Sikkema, P.H. (2014). "Evaluation of 2, 4-D Amine, Glyphosate, 2, 4-D Amine plus Glyphosate DMA and 2, 4-D Choline/Glyphosate DMA for Their Efficacy on Glyphosate Susceptible and Resistant Canada Fleabane Populations.", Agricultural Sciences, 5(11), pp. 1053-1060. doi : 10.4236/as.2014.511114
  • Mahoney, K.J. and Nurse, R.E. (2014). "Tolerance of soybean (Glycine max L.) to protoporphyrinogen oxidase inhibitor and very long chain fatty acid synthesis inhibitors applied preemergence.", American Journal of Plant Sciences, 5(8), pp. 1117-1124. doi : 10.4236/ajps.2014.58124
  • Mahoney, K.J., Nurse, R.E., Everman, W.J., Sprague, C.L., and Sikkema, P.H. (2014). "Tolerance of corn (Zea mays L.) to early and late glyphosate applications.", American Journal of Plant Sciences, 5(18), pp. 2748-2754. doi : 10.4236/ajps.2014.518291
  • Mahoney, K.J., Nurse, R.E., and Sikkema, P.H. (2014). "The effect of hard water, spray solution, storage time and ammonium sulfate on glyphosate efficacy and yield of glyphosate-tolerant corn.", Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 94(8), pp. 1401-1405. doi : 10.4141/cjps-2014-131
  • Page, E.R. and Nurse, R.E. (2014). "Comparing physical, chemical and cold stratification methods for alleviating seed dormancy in giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida).", Weed Technology.
  • Soltani, N., Nurse, R.E., Shropshire, C., and Sikkema, P.H. (2014). "Weed control in white bean with various halosulfuron tankmixes.", Advances in Agriculture. doi : 10.1155/2014/391634
  • Soltani, N., Nurse, R.E., Shropshire, C., and Sikkema, P.H. (2014). "Weed control with halosulfuron applied preplant incorporated, preemergence or postemergence in white bean.", Agricultural Sciences, 5(10), pp. 875-881. doi : 10.4236/as.2014.510094
  • Soltani, N., Nurse, R.E., and Sikkema, P.H. (2014). "Two-pass weed management with preemergence and postemergence herbicides in glyphosate-resistant soybean.", Agricultural Sciences, 5(6), pp. 504-512. doi : 10.4236/as.2014.56052
  • Soltani, N., Nurse, R.E., and Sikkema, P.H. (2014). "Weed management in kidney bean with tankmixes of s-metolachlor, imazethapyr and linuron.", Agricultural Sciences, 5(7), pp. 611-617.

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Other Science Related Publications:

2015

  • Page, E.R. and Nurse, R.E. (2015). "Cropping systems and the prevalence of giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida): from the 1950's to present giant ragweed.", Meeting of the Weed Science Society of America, Lexington, KY, USA, February 9-12, 2015, Oral Presentation.
  • Page, E.R. and Nurse, R.E. (2015). "Giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida L.) seed production and reproductive allometry in maize (Zea mays L.) and soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.)", Meeting of the Weed Science Society of America, Lexington, KY, USA, February 9-12, 2015. (Poster)

2014

  • Clements, D.R., Beckie, H.J., Hall, L.M., Nurse, R.E., Simard, M.-J., Raatz, L.L., and Alexander, B.C.S. (2014). "Quantifying the relative invasive potential of genetically modified crops using demographic analysis.", 2014 WSSA/CWSS Annual Meeting, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, February 3-6, 2014. (Abstract)
  • Hall, L.M., Alexander, B.C.S., Beckie, H.J., Simard, M.-J., Clements, D.R., Nurse, R.E., and Lewis, M. (2014). "There is more to fitness than fecundity: demographic analysis to evaluate gentically modified crops.", ISBGMO, South Africa, November 2014. (Abstract)
  • Hall, L.M., Alexander, B.C.S., Beckie, H.J., Simard, M.-J., Clements, D.R., Nurse, R.E., and Lewis, M. (2014). "There is more to fitness than fecundity: invasiveness of GM crops.", Crop Sci. Soc. Amer., Long Beach, CA, USA, November, 2014. (Abstract)
  • Nurse, R.E. (2014). "How to review a manuscript for a journal?", 68th Canadian Weed Science Society Meeting. (Abstract)
  • Nurse, R.E., Page, E.R., and Obeid, K. (2014). "The critical weed-free period in grain amaranth and quinoa.", 68th Canadian Weed Science Society Meeting. (Abstract)
  • Page, E.R. and Nurse, R.E. (2014). "Cropping systems and the prevalence of giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida L.): from the 1950's to present giant ragweed.", 68th Canadian Weed Science Society Meeting, Montreal, QC, Canada, November 17-20, 2014. (Abstract)
  • Page, E.R. and Nurse, R.E. (2014). "Giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida L.) fecundity and reproductive allometry in maize (Zea mays L.) and soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.).", 68th Canadian Weed Science Society Meeting, Montreal, QC, Canada, November 17-20, 2014. (Poster)
  • Soltani, N., Nurse, R.E., and Sikkema, P.H. (2014). "Weed management with tankmixes of s-metolachlor, imazethapyr, and linuron in dry bean.", 68th Canadian Weed Science Society Meeting. (Abstract)

2013

  • Page, E.R. and Nurse, R.E. (2013). "Comparing physical, chemical and cold stratification methods for alleviating seed dormancy in Giant Ragweed (Ambrosia trifida L.).", Joint meeting of the Canadian Weed Science Society and Weed Science Society of Canada, Vancouver, BC, Canada, February 3-7, 2013. (Poster)

2012

  • Alexander, B.C.S., Beckie, H.J., Simard, M.-J., Nurse, R.E., Clements, D.R., and Hall, L.M. (2012). "Quantification of invasiveness in crops using demographic analysis.", 2nd International Symposium on Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms (ISBGMO12), St Louis, Missouri, USA, September, 2012. (Abstract)
  • Simard, M.-J., Darbyshire, S.J., and Nurse, R.E. (2012). "Emergence pattern and fitness of a Canadian woolly cupgrass (Eriochloa villosa) population.", Weed Science Society of America Meeting, Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA, February 7-10, 2012. (Abstract)
  • Simard, M.-J., Panneton, B., Tardif-Paradis, C., Leroux, G.D., Nurse, R.E., and Vanasse, A. (2012). "Do unseeded corn or soybean rows have more weeds?", Canadian Weed Science Society 66th Annual Meeting, Fairmont Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, November 12-15, 2012. (Abstract)

2011

  • Ball Coelho, B.R., Benoît, D.-L., Nurse, R.E., Callow, K., and Bernier, D. (2011). "Cover crops as an integrated approach to weed management in vegetable production in Canada.", Canadian Weed Science Society 65th Annual Meeting, Marriott Gateway on the Falls, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, November 21-24, 2011, pp. 63. (Poster)
  • Ball Coelho, B.R., Callow, K., Nurse, R.E., Benoît, D.-L., and Bernier, D. (2011). "Field vegetable production: Using cover crops for weed management.", published by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC), Pesticide Risk Reduction Program/Programme de réduction des risques liés aux pesticides, 6 pages. (Technology transfer)
  • Robinson, D.E. and Nurse, R.E. (2011). "Antagonism of acetyl-CoA carboxylase inhibitors by strobilurin fungicides in tomato.", Canadian Weed Science Society 65th Annual Meeting, Marriott Gateway on the Falls, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, November 21-24, 2011, pp. 52. (Abstract)
  • Sikkema, P.H., Nurse, R.E., and Soltani, N. (2011). "Impact of Time of Day on Herbicide Efficacy in Soybean.", 51st Meeting Weed Science Society of America, Hilton Portland & Executive Tower Hotel, Portland, OR, USA, February 7-10, 2011, pp. 63. (Presentation)
  • Simard, M.-J., Panneton, B., Leroux, G.D., Vanasse, A., and Nurse, R.E. (2011). "Can Inter-row Soil Disturbance at Seeding Lead to Efficient Localized Weed Control Using Plant Cover Detection?", 51st Annual Meeting of the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), Hilton Portland & Executive Tower Hotel, Portland, OR, USA, February 7-10, 2011. (Poster)
  • Soltani, N., Nurse, R.E., Shropshire, C., and Sikkema, P.H. (2011). "Dry Bean Tolerance to Halosulfuron Applied Postemergence.", 51st Annual Meeting of the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), Hilton Portland & Executive Tower Hotel, Portland, OR, USA, February 7-10, 2011. (Poster)
  • Thompson, J.A., Henry, H.A.L., and Nurse, R.E. (2011). "The influence of glyphosate treatment on the growth and fitness of glyphosate-resistant and -susceptible giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida L.) biotypes.", Canadian Weed Science Society 65th Annual Meeting, Marriott Gateway on the Falls, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, November 21-24, 2011, pp. 26. (Abstract)