Allelopathy and crop nutrition

K. Jabran, M. Farooq*, T. Aziz, K. H. Siddique

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAllelopathy
Subtitle of host publicationCurrent Trends and Future Applications
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783642305955
ISBN (Print)9783642305948
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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