Allelopathy, the natural phenomenon of production and release of secondary metabolites and interactions amongst organisms, is a subject of diverse significance and applications in biological sciences. Moringa (Moringa oleifera) is known as a miracle plant due to its multiple uses. Being rich in amino acids, ascorbate, zeatin, minerals, and many other compounds, moringa has several applications in agriculture and medical sciences. Secondary metabolites isolated from this plant promote the plant growth and defense mechanisms against abiotic stresses. In crop sciences, water extracts from moringa leaves may be used as seed treatment and foliar application to augment the growth and productivity. Moringa extracts accelerate the growth of plants, strengthen plants, and improve resistance against pests and diseases. Other than their role in plant defense against biotic and abiotic stresses, moringa leaves being rich in essential macro-and microelements play a significant role in crop nutrition. In this chapter, the application of moringa allelopathy in crop sciences has been discussed.
|Title of host publication||Allelopathy|
|Subtitle of host publication||Current Trends and Future Applications|
|Publisher||Springer Berlin Heidelberg|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2013|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)