Implications Of Allelopathy In Agricultural Plant Science
Published 2008 · Biology
SummarySubstances potentially involved in allelopathy are liberated from plants by (a) leaching of foliage by rain, (b) abscission and litter fall, (c) volatilization from foliage, and (d) root exudation.Substances, including metabolites such as mineral nutrients, carbohydrates, amino and organic acids, and growth regulators, can be leached from a wide variety of plants by rain and dew, and the quantity and quality of losses are affected by a great number of both external and internal factors. Materials leached from one plant may have an influence upon the development of the same or other adjacent plants.Plant/plant chemical interactions have been well recognized in commercial agriculture and, in fact, form the basis of many common agricultural practices. They are currently being utilized in modern plant science in the development of bioassay systems for detecting growth regulators, the use of rootstocks to influence the growth and development of scions, in detection and eradication of diseases, and in fruit storage and ripening.