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Dr. Brent Sellers

Professor & Center Director, Weed Science and Invasive Plants
Extension Weed Specialist

Program Areas

Dr. Brent Sellers examines weed biology and ecology related to pasture and rangeland management strategies. His research explores weed control in fence rows and pasture borders, invasive weeds and management strategies, which includes cultural, herbicidal and biological control methodologies. Dr. Seller’s extension program focuses on educating cattle ranchers and ranchette owners on cost effective weed control strategies. He identifies cost effective weed control programs for forage grasses such as bahiagrass, limpograss, bermudagrass and other commonly grown forages.  

A headshot of Brent Sellers

Contact Information

sellersb@ufl.edu

863-735-1314 x.207

Office:
3401 Experiment Station
Ona, FL 33865

  • Research

    Departmental Research Areas:

    • Agronomy
    • Pasture and Rangeland Weed Management
    • Weed Science and Invasive Plants

    Research Focus:

    Weed management in pastures and rangeland

    • Identify problematic weeds in pastures and rangeland and implement economically and
      environmentally sound control measures.
    • Examine weed biology and ecology as related to pasture and rangeland management strategies.
    • Weed control in fence rows and pasture borders.

    Invasive weed management

    • Identification of invasive weeds and management strategies, which includes cultural,
      herbicidal, and biological control methodologies.
    • Biology of invasive plant species.
  • Extension

    Educate cattle ranchers and ranchette owners on cost effective weed control strategies for weed control in pastures and rangeland.

    • Evaluate economically relevant weed control programs, which optimize forage production.
    • Identify cost effective weed control programs for forage grasses such as bahiagrass,
      limpograss, bermudagrass and other commonly grown forages.
    • Identify grazing and fertility management systems that promote forage growth and suppress
      weed emergence and establishment.
  • Education
    • Ph.D. University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, Department of Agronomy, Weed Science, 2003.
    • M.S. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Weed Science, 1999.
    • B. S. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, Biological Sciences, 1995.
  • Professional Experience
    • Professor and Center Director, Range Cattle
      Research and Education Center, Ona, FL
      University of Florida, April 2020 to present
    • Professor and Interim Center Director, Range Cattle
      Research and Education Center, Ona, FL
      University of Florida, April 2019 - April 2020
    • Professor and Associate Center Director, Range Cattle
      Research and Education Center, Ona, FL 
      University of Florida, July 2017 - March 2019
    • Associate Professor and Associate Center Director, Range Cattle
      Research and Education Center, Ona, FL 
      University of Florida, 2014 - July 2017
    • Associate Professor, Range Cattle Research and Education Center, Ona, FL 
      University of Florida, 2011 - 2014.
    • Assistant Professor, Range Cattle Research and Education Center, Ona, FL 
      University of Florida, 2004-2011.
    • Post Doctoral Fellow, Agronomy Department, Columbia, MO 
      University of Missouri, 2003-2004.
    • Research Specialist, Agronomy Department, Columbia, MO 
      University of Missouri, 2002-2003
  • Membership in Professional Societies
    • American Society of Agronomy
    • Florida Cattlemen's Association
    • Florida Weed Science Society
    • Southern Weed Science Society
    • Weed Science Society of America
  • EDIS Documents
  • Refereed Journal Publications
    • Dias, J. L. C. S. & Sellers, B. A. (2020). Control of Nuttall’s thistle in perennial grass pastures. Crop, Forage & Turfgrass Management, 6:e20066. DOI: 10.1002/cft2.20066
    • Fernandez, J. V., Odero, D. C., MacDonald, G. E., Ferrell, J. A., Sellers, B. A. & Wilson, P. C. (2020). Field dissipation of S-metolachlor in organic and mineral soils used for sugarcane production in Florida. Weed Technology, 34(3), 362-370. DOI: 10.1017/wet.2019.121
    • Gordon, D. A. R., Coenders-Gerrits, M., Sellers, B. A., Moein Sadeghi, S. M. & Van Stann II, J. T. (2020). Rainfall interception and redistribution by a common North American understory and pasture forb, Eupatorium capillifolium (Lam. dogfennel). Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 24, 4587-4599. DOI: 10.5194/hess-2019-579
    • Martin, L. J., Sellers, B. A., Dias, J. L. C. S., Ferrell, J. A., Leon, R. G. & Vendramini, J. M. B. (2020). Tolerance of pintoi peanut to PRE and POST herbicides. Weed Technology, 34(6), 870-875. DOI: 10.1017/wet.2020.82
    • Negrisoli, R. M., Odero, D. C., MacDonald, G. E., Sellers, B. A. & Laughinghouse, H. D. (2020). Sugarcane response and fall panicum (Panicum dichotomiflorum) control with topramezone and triazine herbicides. Weed Technology, 34:241-249. DOI: 10.1017/wet.2019.95
    • Sperry, B.P., Dias, J. L. C. S., Prince, C. M., Ferrell, J. A. & Sellers, B. A. (2020). Relative activity comparison of aminocyclopyrachlor to pyridine carboxylic acid herbicides. Weed Technology, 34(3), 402-407. DOI: 10.1017/wet.2019.129
    • Cristan, R., Minogue, P. J., Enloe, S. F., Sellers, B. A., & Osiecka, A. (2019). Selective herbicides for control of hen’s eyes (Ardisia crenata) in forests and natural areas. Invasive Plant Science and Management, 12(4), 229-235. DOI: 10.1017/inp.2019.29
    • Dias, J. L. C. S., Duarte, G. E., Colombo, W. L., & Sellers, B. A. (2019). Cadillo (Urena lobata) control with POST herbicides. Weed Technology, 33(3), 387-392. DOI: 10.1017/wet.2018.108
    • Sanchez, J. M. D., Vendramini, J. M. B., Silveira, M. L., Sollenberger, L. E., Dubeux, J. C. B., Jr., Moriel, P., Sellers, B., Yarborough, J. K., & Leite de Oliveira, F. C. (2019). Seeding strategies of bahiagrass and pintoi peanut affect pasture establishment under weed competition. Grass and Forage Science, 74(3), 381-388. DOI: 10.1111/gfs.12413
    • Dias, J. L. C. S., Sellers, B. A., Ferrell, J. A., Silveira, M. L. A., & Vendramini, J. M. B. (2018). Herbage response to dogfennel cover and limited nitrogen fertilization in bahiagrass pastures. Agronomy Journal, 110, 2507-2512.
    • Fernandez, J. V., Odero, D. C., MacDonald, G. E., Ferrell, J. A., Sellers, B. A., & Wilson, P. C. (2018). Differential response of fall panicum (Panicum dichotomiflorum) populations in Florida sugarcane to asulam. Weed Technology, 32, 762-767.
    • Pearsaul, D., Leon, R., Sellers, B., Silveira, M. L., & Odero, D. (2018). Evaluation of verticutting and herbicide for tropical signalgrass (Uruchloa subquadripara) control in turf. Weed Technology, 32, 392-397.
    • Prince, C., MacDonald, G., Ferrell, J., Sellers, B., & Wang, J. (2018). Impact of soil pH on cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) and bahiagrass (Paspalum notatum) competition. Weed Technology, 32, 336-341.
    • Dias, J. L. C. S., Banu, A, Sperry, B. P., Enloe, S. F., Ferrell, J. A., and Sellers, B. A. (2017) Relative activity of four triclopyr formulations. Weed Technology, 31, 928-934.
    • Lastinger, C. A., Dias, J. L. C. S., Sellers, B. A., Ferrell, J. A., Silveira, M. L. and Vendramini, J. M. B. (2017) Limpograss (Hemarthria altissima) tolerance to hexazinone. Weed Technology, 31, 682-688.
    • Abe, D.G., B.A. Sellers, J.A. Ferrell, R.G. Leon, and D.C. Odero. 2016. Bahiagrass tolerance to aminocyclopyrachlor in Florida. Weed Technology. 30:943-948.
    • Abe, D.G., B.A. Sellers, J.A. Ferrell, R.G. Leon, and D.C. Odero. 2016. Tolerance of bermudagrass and stargrass to aminocyclopyrachlor. Weed Technology 30:499-505.
    • Abe, D.G., B.A. Sellers, J.A. Ferrell, R.G. Leon, and D.C. Odero. 2016. Weed control in Florida pastures with the use of aminocyclopyrachlor. Weed Technology 30:271-278.
    • Durham, M.W., J.A. Ferrell, P. Minogue, G. MacDonald, and B. Sellers. 2016. Evaluation of aminocyclopyrachlor herbicide for turf tolerance and weed control on Florida roadside right-of-ways. Weed Technology 30:190-197.
    • Lastinger, C.A., B.A. Sellers, J.A. Ferrell, J.M.B. Vendramini, and M.L. Silveira. 2016. Limpograss tolerance to herbicides is affected by time of year, but not regrowth height or fertilizer application timing. Crop Forage & Turfgrass Management. doi:10.2134/cftm2016.04.0033.
    • Leon, R.G., J.A. Ferrell, and B.A. Sellers. 2016. Seed production and control of sicklepod (Senna obtusifolia) and pitted morningglory (Ipomoea lacunosa) with 2,4-D, dicamba, and glyphosate combinations. Weed Technology 30:76-84.
    • Rana, N., B. A. Sellers, J. A. Ferrell, G. E. MacDonald, M. L. Silveira, and J. M. Vendramini. 2015. Integrated management techniques for long-term control of giant smutgrass (Sporobolus indicus var. pyramidalis) in bahiagrass pasture in Florida. Weed Technology 29:570-577.
  • Refereed Journal Publications (continued)
    • Silveira, M. L., J. M. B. Vendramini, B. Sellers, F. A. Monteiro, A. G. Artur, and E. Dupas. 2015. Bahiagrass response and N loss from selected N fertilizer sources. Grass and Forage Science 70:154-160.
    • Sellers, B. A., S. R. Lancaster, and K. A. Langeland. 2014. Herbicides for postemergence control of mile-a-minute (Mikania micrantha). Invasive Plant Sci. Manage. 7:303-309.
    • Silveira, M.L., J.M.B. Vendramini, B. A. Sellers, F.A. Monteiro, A.G. Artur, and E. Dupas. 2014. Bahiagrass response and N loss from selected N fertilizer sources. Grass and Forage Science. DOI: 10.1111/gfs.12078.
    • Ferrell, J.A., R. G. Leon, B. Sellers, D. Rowland, and B. Brecke. 2013. Influence of lactofen and 2,4-DB combinations on peanut injury and yield.  Peanut Science. 40:62-65.
    • Rana, N., B. A. Sellers, J. A. Ferrell, G. E. MacDonald, M. L. Silveira, and J. M. Vendramini. 2013. Impact of soil pH on bahiagrass competition with giant smutgrass (Sporobolus indicus var. pyramidalis) and small smutgrass (Sporobolus indicus var. indicus). Weed Science. 61:109-116.
    • Chaudhari, S., B. A. Sellers, S. V. Rockwood, J. A. Ferrell, G. E. MacDonald, and K. E. Kenworthy. 2012. Integrating chemical and cultural practices to control para grass (Urochloa mutica).  Journal of Aquatic Plant Management. 50:39-45.
    • Chaudhari, S., B. A. Sellers, S. V. Rockwood, J. A. Ferrell, G. E. MacDonald, and K. E. Kenworthy. 2012. Non-chemical methods for paragrass (Urochloa mutica) control. Inv. Plant Science Management. 5:20-26.
    • Morichetti, S., J. Ferrell, G. MacDonald, B. Sellers, and D. Rowland.  2012.  Weed management and peanut response from applications of saflufenacil.  Weed Technology. 26:261-266.
    • Rana, N., B. J. Wilder, B. A. Sellers, J. A. Ferrell, and G.E. MacDonald. 2012. Effects of environmental factors on seed germination and emergence of smutgrass varieties. Weed Science. 64:558-563.
    • Vendramini, J. M. B., M. L. Silveira, and B. A. Sellers. 2012. Methods of establishing annual ryegrass into bahiagrass sod affect forage botanical composition, production, and nutritive value. Online. Forage and Grazinglands doi:10.1094/FG-2012-0517-01-RS.
    • Fast, B. J., J. A. Ferrell, B. A. Sellers, and W. N. Kline. 2011. Controlling saw palmetto with individual and broadcast herbicide treatments. Online. Forage and Grazinglands doi:10:1094/FG-2011-0829-01-RS.
    • Fast, B. J., J. A. Ferrell, G. E. MacDonald, B. A. Sellers, A. W. MacRae, L. J. Krutz, and W. N. Kline. 2011. Aminopyralid soil residues affect rotational vegetable crops in Florida. Pest Manag. Sci. 67:825-830.
    • Wilder, B. J., B. A. Sellers, J. A. Ferrell, and G. E. MacDonald. 2011. Reponse of smutgrass varieties to hexazinone. Online. Forage and Grazinglands doi:10.1094/FG-2011-0222-02-RS.
    • Medal, J., N. Bustamante, W. Overholt, R. Diaz, P. Stansly, A. Roda, D. Amalin, K. Hibbard, R. Gaskalla, B. Sellers, S. Hight, and J. Cuda. 2010. Biological control of tropical soda apple (Solanaceae) in Florida: Post-release evaluation. Florida Entomologist. 93:130-132.
    • Inyang, U., J. M. B. Vendramini, L. E. Sollenberger, B. A. Sellers, A. Adesogan, L. Paiva, and A. Lunpha. 2010. Harvest frequency and stubble height affects herbage accumulage, nutrituve value, and persistence of ‘Mulato II’ grass. Forage and Grazinglands. Online. Forage and Grazinglands doi:10.1094/FG-2010-0923-01-RS.
    • Inyang, U., J. M. B. Vendramini, L. E. Sollenberger, B. A. Sellers, A. Adesogan, L. Paiva, and A. Lunpha. 2010. Forage species and stocking rate effects on animal performance and herbage responses of ‘Mulato’ and bahiagrass pastures. Crop Sci. 50:1079-1085.
    • Ferrell, J. A., B. A. Sellers, G. E. MacDonald, and W. N. Kline. 2009. Influence of herbicide and application timing on blackberry control. Weed Technol. 23:531-534.
    • Rana, N. and B. A. Sellers. 2009. Soft rush control in Florida pastures. Weed Technol. 23:321-323.
    • Sellers, B. A., J. A. Ferrell, G. E. MacDonald, and W. N. Kline. 2009. Dogfennel (Eupatorium capillifolium) size at application affects herbicide efficacy. Weed Technol. 23:247-250.
    • Wang, J. J., J. Ferrell, G. MacDonald, and B. Sellers. 2009. Factors affecting seed germination of cadillo (Urena lobata). Weed Sci. 57:31-35.
    • Sellers, B. A., R. Diaz, W. A. Overholt, K. A. Langeland, and C. J. Gray. 2008. Control of West Indian marsh grass with glyphosate and imazapyr. J. Aquat. Plant Manage. 46:189-192.
    • Wilder, B. J., J. A. Ferrell, B. A. Sellers, and G. E. MacDonald. 2008. Influence of hexazinone on ‘Tifton 85’ bermudagrass growth and forage quality. Weed Technol. 22:499-501.
    • Sellers, B. A. and J. J. Mullahey. 2008. Broadcast versus wet-blade herbicide applications for southern wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera) control. Weed Technol. 22:286-289.
    • Sellers, B. A., J. A. Ferrell, and G. E. MacDonald. 2008. Influence of hexazinone on Pensacola bahiagrass growth and crude protein content. Agron. J. 100:808-812.
    • Mohr, K., B. A. Sellers, and R. J. Smeda. 2007. Application time of day affects glyphosate efficacy. Weed Technol. 21:7-13.
    • Sellers, B. A., J. A. Ferrell, W. T. Haller, P. Mislevy, and M. B. Adjei. 2007. Phytotoxicity of selected herbicides on limpograss (Hemarthria altissima). J Aquat. Plant Manage. 45: 54-57.
    • Sellers, B. A. J. A. Ferrell, and J. J. Mullahey. 2007. Frost control of tropical soda apple with aminopyralid. Forage and Grazing Lands. Online. Forage and Grazinglands doi:10.1094/FG-2007-0323-01-BR..
    • Ferrell, J. A., B. A. Sellers, C. R. Mudge, and C. A. Smith. 2006. Evaluation of postemergent herbicides on rhizome peanut injury and yield. Online. Forage and Grazing Lands. doi:10.1094/FG-2006-0308-01-RS.
    • Li, J., R. J. Smeda, B. A. Sellers and W. G. Johnson. 2005. Influence of formulation and glyphosate salt on absorption and translocation in three annual weeds. Weed Sci. 53:153-159.
    • Sellers, B. A., Cordes, J. C., Smeda, R. J., and Johnson, W. G. 2004. Waterhemp control in transgenic and conventional corn varieties. Online. Crop Management doi:10.1094/CM-2004-1208-01-RS.
    • Sellers, B. A., R. J. Smeda, and J. Li. 2004. Glutamine synthetase and ammonium accumulation influence diurnal effects following glufosinate application. Pest. Biochem. Physiol. 78:9-20.
    • Sellers, B. A., R. J. Smeda, and W. G. Johnson. 2003. Atrazine may overcome the time of day effect on glufosinate efficacy. Online. Crop Manag. doi:10.1094/CM-2003-1111-01-RS.
    • Sellers, B. A., R. J. Smeda, and W. G. Johnson. 2003. Diurnal fluctuations and leaf angle reduce glufosinate efficacy. Weed Technol. 17:302-306.
    • Sellers, B. A., R. J. Smeda, W. G. Johnson, J. A. Kendig, and M. R. Ellersieck. 2003. Comparative growth of six Amaranthus species in Missouri. Weed Sci. 51:329-333.
    • Sellers, B. A. and M. V. Hickman. 2001. Effects of soil amendments on herbicide efficacy and leaching. Weed Technol. 15:686-696.
  • Abstracts
    • Sellers, B. A., N. Rana, J. A. Ferrell, G. E. MacDonald, J. M. B. Vendramini, and M. L. Silveira. 2012. Biology and management of smutgrass (Sporobolus sp.) in sub-tropical and tropical regions. 48th Caribbean Food Crops Society Proceedings. 48:43.
    • Vendramini, J.M.B., L.E. Sollenberger, G.C. Lamb, M.L. Silveira, and B.A. Sellers. 2012. Evaluation of the potential invasiveness of Mulato grass in Florida. 48th Caribbean Food Crops Society Annual Meeting, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
    • Chaudhari,S., B. A. Sellers, G. E. MacDonald, and S. Rockwood. 2011. Cultural techniques to manage para grass in wetlands. Proc. South. Weed Sci. Soc. 64:333.
    • Chaudhari, S., B. A. Sellers, G. E. MacDonald, and S. Rockwood. 2010. Control of paragrass in Florida wetlands. Proc. South. Weed Sci. Soc. 63:112.
    • Ferrell, J. A. and B. A. Sellers. 2010. Brush control with aminopyralid. Proc. South. Weed Sci. Soc. 63:236.
    • MacDonald, G. E., J. A. Ferrell, B. A. Sellers, and K. A. Langeland. 2010. Integrated approaches to cogongrass management in Florida. WSSA Abstracts. 50:315.
    • Rana, N., B. J. Wilder, B. A. Sellers, and J. A. Ferrell. 2010. Effect of environmental conditions on smutgrass seed germination. Proc. South. Weed Sci. Soc. 63:181.
    • Sellers, B. A. and J. A. Ferrell. 2010. Weed control and forage tolerance with MAT-28. Proc. South. Weed Sci. Soc. 63:187.
    • Sellers, B. A., J. A. Ferrell, M. Silveira, and J. Vendramini. 2010. Effect of dogfennel (Eupatorium capillifolium) removal timing on bahiagrass (Paspalum notatum) yield. WSSA Abstracts 50:274.
    • Fast, B. J., J. A. Ferrell, and B. A. Sellers. 2009. Saw palmetto control with triclopyr and metsulfuron spot treatments. Proc. South. Weed Sci. Soc. 62:87.
    • Ferrell, J. A. and B. A. Sellers. 2009. Management of pasture weeds with Cleanwave (fluroxypyr + aminopyralid). Proc. South. Weed Sci. Soc. 62:416.
    • MacDonald, G. E., J. A. Ferrell, K. A. Langeland, and B. A. Sellers. 2009. Integrated management of cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) for bahiagrass pastures. Proc. South. Weed Sci. Soc. 62:356.
    • Rana, N., B. A. Sellers, and J. A. Ferrell. 2009. Soft rush (Juncus effusus) control in pastures. Proc. South. Weed Sci. Soc. 62:173.
    • Sellers, B. A. and J. A. Ferrell. 2009. Utility of sulfosulfuron for grass forage establishment in Florida. Proc. South. Weed Sci. Soc. 62:421.
    • Dobrow, M. H., B. A. Sellers, J. A. Ferrell, and C. R. Rainbolt. 2008. Efficacy of Cleanwave (fluroxypyr + aminopyralid) for dogfennel control in Florida pastures. Proc. South. Weed Sci. Soc. 61:159.
    • Sellers, B. A. and J. A. Ferrell. 2008. Dogfennel competition in bahiagrass. Proc. South. Weed Sci. Soc. 61:167.
    • Sellers, B. A., K. A. Langeland, and C. J. Gray. 2008. Control of West Indian marsh grass (Hymenachne amplexicaulis) in Florida. WSSA Abstracts. 48:198.
    • Villazon, K., E. Ketterer, G. MacDonald, J. Ferrell, and B. Sellers. 2008. The influence of PGRs on the efficacy of glyphosate and imazapyr for cogongrass control. Proc. South. Weed Sci. Soc. 61:175.
    • Wilder, B. J., J. A. Ferrell, B. A. Sellers, and G. E. MacDonald. 2008. Comparison of two smutgrass (Sporobolus) species common to Florida pastures. Proc. South. Weed Sci. Soc. 61:155.
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