Allelopathy in Chinese Ancient and Modern Agriculture

  • Ren Sen Zeng


Over the last 2000 years, allelopathy has been widely reported in ancient Chinese literature with a focus on Xiang Sheng Xiang Ke, which is the beneficial and inhibitory interference between plants. Fan Sheng Zhi Shu (first century BC) is the earliest Chinese agricultural book available to describe plant allelopathy. This chapter reviews many records about allelopathy and its application in agriculture in the ancient Chinese agricultural books. These descriptions in ancient books indicate that the knowledge about plant allelopathy was an important theory and guidance for crop interplanting and weed management in Chinese ancient agriculture. Modern allelopathy research in Mainland China started in 1981 and grew rapidly after 2000. Allelopathy of staple crops such as rice and wheat, invasive alien plant species and some noxious weeds are the focus of allelopathy research in China. Considerable progress has been made in isolation and identification of allelochemicals, molecular mechanisms, and modes of action since the 1990s. Future directions and prospects of allelopathy research are discussed in this chapter.


Rice Straw Root Exudate Allelopathic Effect Allelopathic Potential Water Leachate 
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  • Ren Sen Zeng
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  1. 1.Institute of Tropical & Subtropical EcologySouth China Agricultural UniversityGuangzhouChina

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