Weed Science Society of America

Astrodime Transit Authority is working on a video about weeds.

In February 2011, AstroDime Transit Authority got a press pass to visit the Weed Science Society of America’s conference in Portland Oregon. Astrodimer Lena Munday asked members of the society “What is a weed?”

After two years of sitting on the editing room shelves, sam smiley is editing these series of interviews. Combining audio interviews, images from the conference program, and images from a book about plants written in the 1500’s, this promises to be a meditation on the nature of weeds and weediness.

So what is a weed? STS theorist Susan Leigh Starr might call it  “boundary object”, something that has different meanings to different groups of people.

I’m stumbling across all kinds of great sources, including an online library of public domain botanical books.

http://www.biolib.de/

I’m also looking at Asa Gray’s article “The Pertinacity and predominance of weeds” written in 1879

http://books.google.com/books?id=_48KAAAAMAAJ&lpg=PA234&ots=0iBRBGwJc1&dq=the%20pertinacity%20and%20predominance%20of%20weeds&pg=PA234#v=onepage&q=the%20pertinacity%20and%20predominance%20of%20weeds&f=false

and Gerard’s original text and images from his plant book written in 1633 titled The Herball, or, Generall Historie of Plantes

http://caliban.mpiz-koeln.mpg.de/gerarde/index.html