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Allelopathy in Plants

  • J. V. Lovett
  • A. H. C. Hoult


As Whittaker (1970) succinctly put it, “Man’s use of alkaloids for flavour, mild stimulation, medicinal effect, or pleasurable self-destruction should not obscure a common theme: they are probably, although not necessarily in all cases, repellents and toxins, evolutionary expressions of quiet antagonism of a plant to its enemies.” One aspect of this quiet antagonism is allelopathy, which is associated with secondary metabolites of plants, including the alkaloids. Alkaloids may, equally, be perceived as chemical messengers between the plants that produce them and an array of organisms (Levitt and Lovett, 1985).


Root Exudate Indole Alkaloid Helianthus Annuus Barley Straw Allelopathic Potential 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. V. Lovett
    • 1
  • A. H. C. Hoult
    • 2
  1. 1.Grains Research and Development CorporationKingstonAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Agronomy and Soil ScienceUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia

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