Allelopathy pp 337-348 | Cite as

Allelopathy and Crop Nutrition

  • K. Jabran
  • M. Farooq
  • T. Aziz
  • K. H. M. Siddique


Allelopathy, the natural phenomenon of production and release of secondary metabolites and interaction(s) among organisms, is a subject of diverse significance and applications in plant sciences. Other than their role in plant defense against biotic and abiotic stresses, plant secondary metabolites or allelochemicals play a significant role in plant nutrition. These allelochemicals regulate solubilization, mobilization, release, and chelation of mineral nutrients, upon release into the rhizosphere. Arresting nitrification could be a key strategy to improve nitrogen (N) recovery and agronomic N use efficiency (NUE) in situations where loss of N is significant. Allelopathy can help to improve NUE by suppressing the rate of nitrification. In this chapter, the role of allelopathy in nutrient release and acquisition by crop plants is discussed.


Ferulic Acid Sweet Potato Mineral Uptake Insoluble Phosphate Biological Nitrification Inhibition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Jabran
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. Farooq
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • T. Aziz
    • 5
    • 6
  • K. H. M. Siddique
    • 3
    • 7
  1. 1.Ayub Agricultural Research InstituteFaisalabadPakistan
  2. 2.Department of AgronomyUniversity of AgricultureFaisalabadPakistan
  3. 3.The UWA Institute of AgricultureThe University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia
  4. 4.Institute of Plant NutritionJustus-Liebig-UniversityGiessenGermany
  5. 5.Institute of Soil and Environmental SciencesUniversity of AgricultureFaisalabadPakistan
  6. 6.School of Plant BiologyUniversity of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia
  7. 7.College of Food and Agricultural SciencesKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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