Role of allelopathy in weed management

Muhammad Farooq*, Ahmad Nawaz, Sardar Alam Cheema, Zahid Ata Cheema

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Weeds are a severe threat to sustainable crop production as yield losses caused by weeds exceed the losses from all other biotic and abiotic stresses. Although chemical herbicides provide effective weed control in field crops, environmental and health concerns are pressing the researchers to explore alternate means of weed control. Allelopathy, a naturally occurring ecological phenomenon of interference among organisms, offers a pragmatic, economical, effective and environmental friendly approach for weed management in field crops. The phenomenon of allelopathy may be used in weed management as mix cropping/intercropping, use of surface mulchs, soil incorporation of plant residues, application of allelopathic aqueous extracts alone, and/or combined with lower herbicide doses and crop rotation. Use of biotechnology and conventional breeding may be helpful in developing genotypes with strong allelopathic potential. In this chapter, experiences and perspectives of using allelopathy for weed management are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecent Advances in Weed Management
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781493910199
ISBN (Print)9781493910182
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Allelochemicals
  • Allelopathic aqueous extracts
  • Allelopathy
  • Crop rotation
  • Intercropping
  • Mix cropping
  • Soil incorporation of plant residues
  • Surface mulch
  • Weed management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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