Allelopathy: How Plants Suppress Other Plants
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Ferguson, James J., and Bala Rathinasabapathi. 2003. “Allelopathy: How Plants Suppress Other Plants: HS944/HS186, 7/2003”. EDIS 2003 (18). Gainesville, FL.


Allelopathy refers to the beneficial or harmful effects of one plant on another plant, both crop and weed species, by the release of chemicals from plant parts by leaching, root exudation, volatilization, residue decomposition and other processes in both natural and agricultural systems. This document is HS944, one of a series of the Horticultural Sciences Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Publication date: July 2003.

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