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Ecophysiological aspects of allelopathy

  •  Inderjit
  • Stephen O. Duke


Allelochemicals play an important role in explaining plant growth inhibition in interspecies interactions and in structuring the plant community. Five aspects of allelochemicals are discussed from an ecophysiological perspective: (i) biosynthesis, (ii) mode of release, (iii) mode of action, (iv) detoxification and prevention of autotoxicity, and (v) joint action of allelochemicals. A discussion on identifying a compound as an allelochemical is also presented.


Allelochemical Allelopathy Autotoxicity Detoxification Joint action Phytotoxin 







hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase


photosystem II



We sincerely thank Drs. Frank Dayan, Agnes Rimando and two anonymous reviewers for making constructive comments on the manuscript. Inderjit would like to thank Dr. B. Hari Gopal of the Department of Science and Technology, India for his help and encouragement in various ways.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BotanyUniversity of DelhiDelhiIndia
  2. 2.Natural Products Utilization Research Unit, ARSUSDAUniversityUSA

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