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A Wicked View

  • Michael Barrett (a1), David E. Ervin (a2), George B. Frisvold (a3), Raymond A. Jussaume (a4), David R. Shaw (a5) and Sarah M. Ward (a6)...

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In a recent essay, Harker and coauthors stated that considering herbicide resistance as a wicked problem “without clear causes or solutions” ignores what weed scientists know about the biology and management of herbicide-resistant weeds. In this response, we argue that this misrepresents what is meant by “wicked” and that the wicked problem concept is valuable in understanding the multifaceted nature of herbicide resistance as a human-caused phenomenon.

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*Corresponding author’s E-mail: sarah.ward@colostate.edu

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Associate Editor for this paper: William Vencill, University of Georgia.

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