EWRS Working Group:

Germination and Early Growth

WG Leader

Kirsten Semb Torresen

Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO)

AAS, Norway

Kirsten Semb Torresen

Where do you work?

I work as a weed scientist at NIBIO – the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Division of Biotechnology and Plant Health, Department of Invertebrate Pests and Weeds in Forestry, Agriculture and Horticulture, at Ås, Norway.

What is your main task?

My main task at NIBIO is quite wide. I am now responsible for weed biology and weed management in cereals, oil- and protein-crops and potatoes at NIBIO. That involves research and to answer questions from agricultural stakeholders and governmental institutions including doing efficacy evaluation of herbicides. I have also been working on weed research in grasslands. 

What is your main interest in weed research?

I am interested in many subjects. I have a special interest in weed biology and weed seed emergence and to get knowledge that can help in weed management and that can aid in doing measures more accurate (e.g timing) to reduce the use of herbicides and promote integrated weed management. I am fascinated by the strategies of weeds and how they adapt to the cropping systems. My research have ranged from effect of climate on  weed biology, and management of weeds with preventive and direct measures including herbicides in different tillage systems, for the weed flora of the crops in general and for special weed species.

Which activities do you plan to promote to reach the objectives of the Working Group?

I would like to support meetings to promote discussion on the working group topics. We plan to organize a working group meeting in Perugia next year. In the working group we have also been doing common experiments. The most recent experiments have been on Echinochloa crus-galli and Avena fatua. New common experiment is welcomed! 


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