Dr. Robert E. Nurse

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Research Scientist

Development of sustainable, economical, environmentally safe weed management strategies using integrated weed management principles in field and horticultural crops

Current research and/or projects

  • Development of weed management systems for Canadian seed corn growers.
  • Development of weed management systems for Canadian processing tomato growers. 
  • Identification and verification of herbicide resistant weeds.  
  • Development of novel cover crop and/or living mulch systems for use in vegetable crops.
  • Pesticide minor use. 

Professional activities / interests

Associate Editor - Weed Technology

Associate Editor - Agronomy Journal

Education and awards

Education

Ph.D., Crop and Soil Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, U.S.A.

M.Sc., Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada

H.B.Sc., Ecology and Evolution, Western University, London, ON, Canada

Awards

2019 Outstanding Reviewer - Canadian Journal of Plant Science

2018 Excellence in Weed Science Award, Canadian Weed Science Society.  

Key publications

  1. Page, E.R.*, R.E. Nurse, S. Meloche, K. Bosveld, C. Grainger, K. Obeid, M. Filotas, M.J. Simard and M. Laforest. 2021. Import of Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri S. Wats.) seed with sweet potato (Ipomea batatas
    (L.) Lam) slips. Joint virtual meeting of the Canadian Weed Science Society and Weed Science Society of America, February 22nd – 24th 2022 (Poster Presentation).

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  2. Brackenridge, H., Bae, J., Simard, M-J., Tardif, F., Bosveld, K., and Nurse, R.E. 2021. Investigation of management practices to optimize cereal rye cover crop-based weed mitigation in Canadian sweet corn production. Canadian Weed Science Society, Annual General Meeting, November 23, 2021.

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  3. Brackenridge, H., Bae, J., Simard, M-J., Tardif, F., Bosveld, K., and Nurse, R.E. 2021. Investigation of management practices to optimize cereal rye cover crop-based weed mitigation in Canadian sweet corn production. Ontario Pest Management Conference, University of Guelph, November 2, 2021.

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  4. Challenging times for glyphosate use in Canada: Evolution of resistance, impacts on efficacy and the development of alternatives

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  5. Brackenridge, H., Bae, J., Simard M-J, Tardif, F., Bosveld, K., and Nurse, R.E. 2020. Investigation of management strategies to optimize cover crop-based weed mitigation in Canadian sweet corn production. Proceeding of the 61st annual meeting of the Weed Science Society of America.

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  6. Nurse, R.E. 2021. Weed management in processing tomatoes. 2021 Ontario Tomato Day.

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  7. Brackenridge, H., Bae, J., Simard M-J, Tardif, F., Bosveld, K., and Nurse, R.E. 2020. Investigation of management strategies to optimize cover crop-based weed mitigation in Canadian sweet corn production. Proceeding of the 74th annual meeting of the Canadian Weed Science Society.

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  8. Simard, M.J., Page, E.R., Nurse, R.E. (2019). Can weeds overtopping soybean or Adzuki Bean be mechanically pulled to reduce their seed input?. Weed Technology, [online] 33(1), 159-165. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/wet.2018.104

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  9. Page, E.R., Meloche, S., Bae, J., Larsen, R.J., Laforest, M., Nurse, R.E. (2019). Tricotyledenous giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida L.). Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 99(1), 84-87. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2018-0148

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  10. Page, E.R., Grainger, C.M., Laforest, M., Nurse, R.E., Rajcan, I., Bae, J., Tardif, F.J. (2018). Target and Non-target site Mechanisms Confer Resistance to Glyphosate in Canadian Accessions of Conyza canadensis. Weed Science, [online] 66(2), 234-245. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/wsc.2017.69

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  11. Laforest, M., Soufiane, B., Simard, M.J., Obeid, K., Page, E., Nurse, R.E. (2017). Acetyl-CoA carboxylase overexpression in herbicide-resistant large crabgrass (Digitaria sanguinalis). Pest Management Science, [online] 73(11), 2227-2235. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ps.4675

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  12. Bae, J., Nurse, R.E., Simard, M.J., Page, E.R. (2017). Managing glyphosate-resistant common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia): Effect of glyphosate-phenoxy tank mixes on growth, fecundity, and seed viability. Weed Science, [online] 65(1), 31-40. http://dx.doi.org/10.1614/WS-D-16-00094.1

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  13. Simard, M.-J., Nurse, R.E., Page, E.R., Bourgeois, G., and Beckie, H.J. (2016). "A detailed assessment of redroot pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus) and common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) seed shattering in wheat, corn and soybean.", Weed Science Society of America Meeting, San Jan, Puerto Rico, February 7-11, 2016.

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  14. 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)

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  15. Simard, M.-J., Nurse, R.E., Page, E.R., and Beckie, H.D. (2015). "Using the Organic weed puller to remove tall weeds in soybean: lessons learned from the first trial.", Canadian Weed Science Society Meeting, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 23-26, 2015.

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  16. Nurse, R.E., Simard, M.-J., and Darbyshire, S.J. (2015). "Effect of late glyphosate application on seed production and viability in woolly cupgrass. CWSS.", Canadian Weed Science Society Meeting, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 23-26, 2015.

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  17. Hall, L.M., Alexander, B.C.S., Beckie, H.D., Simard, M.-J., Clements, D.R., and Nurse, R.E. (2015). "Persistence and invasiveness of genetically modified canola in Canada: A demographic comparison of open pollinated and hybrid canola.", Canadian Weed Science Society Meeting, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 23-26, 2015.

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  18. Bae, J., Nurse, R.E., Simard, M.-J., and Page, E.R. (2015). "Effect of late herbicide applications on growth and reproductive ability of glyphosate-resistant common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia L.).", Canadian Weed Science Society Meeting, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 23-26, 2015.

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  19. 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.

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  20. Page, E.R., Nurse, R.E. (2015). Cropping systems and the prevalence of giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida): From the 1950's to present. Field Crops Research, [online] 184 104-111. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fcr.2015.09.013

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Research facility

2585 County Road 20
Harrow, ON N0R 1G0
Canada

Affiliations

Canadian Weed Science Society

Weed Science Society of America

Adjunct Professor, Western University, London, ON, Canada

Special Graduate Faculty, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada

Language

English