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The Japanese Knotweed Manual

The Japanese Knotweed Manual
  • Date of publication: December 2000
  • ISBN-10: 1 85341 127 2
  • Paperback ISBN-13: 978 1 85341 127 4
  • Pages: 123
  • Images: 24 Colour
  • Dimensions: 175 x 245 (mm)
  • Weight: 331 grammes (unwrapped)
The Management and Control of an Invasive Alien Weed
Author(s): Lois Child and Max Wade


The Japanese Knotweed Manual is as much concerned with preventing an outbreak of the weed in an area as it is with its containment when the plant is already established. Essential information and management guidelines are presented together with colour and black & white photographs, diagrams and case studies from Europe, Japan and North America. Coverage focuses on the ecology of this invasive weed and the problems caused by its spread outside its native habitats. The manual also shows how to develop an effective programme for raising awareness of the plant in communities, the prevention of an invasion, and herbicidal, mechanical, manual and biological control options as well as the methods and requirements for disposal, including legal aspects. A comprehensive bibliography provides a valuable resource for further research.


The Plant; Recognition; Related Species and Hybrids; History and Background; Autecology and Habitats; Dispersal and Regeneration; Impact (Problems and Legislation); Developing an Effective Programme - Strategic Policy; Preventing and Invasion; Control Options; Glossary; Key References.


Professional applied ecologists and land managers involved in dealing with invasive weed species.

Author / Compiler

Lois Child

Lois Child studied invasive plants at the International Centre for Landscape Ecology (ICOLE) at Loughborough University, and particularly Japanese knotweed for her PhD. She now co-ordinates the Centre for Environmental Studies at Loughborough.

Max Wade

Max Wade was the former Director of ICOLE at Loughborough University before progressing to the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, as Professor of Environmental Sciences. He later moved into environmental consultancy and is currently Technical Director - Ecology, UK and Ireland for AECOM.


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