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Plant Allelochemicals and Their Various Applications

  • Archana Bachheti
  • Ashutosh Sharma
  • R. K. BachhetiEmail author
  • Azamal Husen
  • D. P. Pandey
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Part of the Reference Series in Phytochemistry book series (RSP)

Abstract

Allelopathy has shown both inhibitory and stimulatory roles in plant processes such as on seed germination, overall growth, development, reproduction, disease/weed management, cell division, or biosynthesis of photosynthetic pigments of other plants by releasing some allelochemicals, mainly secondary metabolites. It is a multidisciplinary science, and their influences are noted in agriculture as well as forestry sectors. However, in several cases, a proper understanding of released chemical compounds or structure is desirable for the efficient positive application. It has been reported that metabolites, for instance, phenols, alkaloids, terpenoids, benzoxazinoids, glucosinolates, and isothiocyanates, are some important allelochemicals. This chapter is focused on the role of secondary metabolites as allelochemicals and their various applications.

Keywords

Allelochemicals Agriculture Forestry Plant protection Application 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Archana Bachheti
    • 1
  • Ashutosh Sharma
    • 2
  • R. K. Bachheti
    • 3
    Email author
  • Azamal Husen
    • 4
  • D. P. Pandey
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Environment ScienceGraphic Era UniversityDehradunIndia
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryGraphic Era UniversityDehradunIndia
  3. 3.Department of Industrial ChemistryAddis Ababa Science and Technology UniversityAddis AbabaEthiopia
  4. 4.Department of Biology, College of Natural and Computational SciencesUniversity of GondarGondarEthiopia
  5. 5.Department of ChemistryGovt. P. G. CollegeUttarkashiIndia

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