Plant and Soil

, Volume 98, Issue 1, pp 93–97 | Cite as

Thiophenes and benzofurans in the undisturbed rhizosphere ofTagetes patula L.

  • C. S. Tang
  • C. K. Wat
  • G. H. N. Towers


Marigold (Tagetes patula L.) contains secondary metabolites toxic to various organisms. While these compounds may function as defensive agents in the plant, it is not clear whether they are exuded into the rhizosphere. Using a continuous root exudate trapping system and capillary column gas chromatography/mass spectrometry/data system, four thiophenes and two benzofurans were identified in the root exudates collected from the undisturbed rhizosphere of marigold. The importance of rhizospheric chemistry in the study of allelopathy is stressed.

Key words

Allelopathy Benzofurans Marigold Nematode Rhizosphere Root exudate Tagetes patulaThiophenes Soil organics 


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© Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. S. Tang
    • 1
  • C. K. Wat
    • 2
  • G. H. N. Towers
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural BiochemistryUniversity of HawaiiHonoluluUSA
  2. 2.Department of BotanyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanda

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