Inhibitory effects of Albizia lebbeck leaf extracts on germination and growth behavior of some popular agricultural crops

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An experiment was conducted to observe the inhibitory effects of the leaf extracts derived from Albizia lebbeck (L.) Benth. on germination and growth behavior of some popular agricultural crops (receptor) of Bangladesh. Experiments were set on sterilized petridishes with a photoperiod of 24 h at room temperature of 27–30°C. The effects of the different concentrations of aqueous extracts were compared to distil water (control.). The aqueous extracts of leaf caused significant inhibitory effect on germination, root and shoot elongation and development of lateral roots of receptor plants. Bioassays indicated that the inhibitory effect was proportional to the concentrations of the extracts and higher concentration (50%–100%) had the stronger inhibitory effect whereas the lower concentration (10%–25%) showed stimulatory effect in some cases. The study also revealed that, inhibitory effect was much pronounced in root and lateral root development rather than germination and shoot growth.

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Biography: Mohammad Belal Uddin (1976–), male, Assistant Professor in Department of Forestry, School of Agriculture and Mineral Sciences, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet 3114, Bangladesh.

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Uddin, M.B., Ahmed, R., Mukul, S.A. et al. Inhibitory effects of Albizia lebbeck leaf extracts on germination and growth behavior of some popular agricultural crops. J. of For. Res. 18, 128–132 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11676-007-0025-9

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Keywords

  • Albizia lebbeck (L.) Benth
  • Allelopathic effect
  • Leaf extracts
  • Germination
  • Growth behavior