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Log-Logistic Analysis of Herbicide Dose-Response Relationships

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 June 2017

Steven S. Seefeldt
USDA-ARS, Pullman, WA 99164
Jens Erik Jensen
Dept. of Agric. Sci., The Royal Vet. & Agric. Univ., 40 Thorvaldsensvej, DK-1871 Frederiksberg C, Copenhagen, Denmark
E. Patrick Fuerst
Dep. of Crop and Soil Sci., Washington State Univ., Pullman WA 99164-6420


Dose-response studies are an important tool in weed science. The use of such studies has become especially prevalent following the widespread development of herbicide resistant weeds. In the past, analyses of dose-response studies have utilized various types of transformations and equations which can be validated with several statistical techniques. Most dose-response analysis methods 1) do not accurately describe data at the extremes of doses and 2) do not provide a proper statistical test for the difference(s) between two or more dose-response curves. Consequently, results of dose-response studies are analyzed and reported in a great variety of ways, and comparison of results among various researchers is not possible. The objective of this paper is to review the principles involved in dose-response research and explain the log-logistic analysis of herbicide dose-response relationships. In this paper the log-logistic model is illustrated using a nonlinear computer analysis of experimental data. The log-logistic model is an appropriate method for analyzing most dose-response studies. This model has been used widely and successfully in weed science for many years in Europe. The log-logistic model possesses several clear advantages over other analysis methods and the authors suggest that it should be widely adopted as a standard herbicide dose-response analysis method.

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