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Bioherbicides: An Eco-Friendly Tool for Sustainable Weed Management

Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang 43400, Malaysia
EntoGenex Industries Sdn. Bhd., Kuala Lumpur 50480, Malaysia
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Academic Editor: Fabrizio Araniti
Plants 2021, 10(6), 1212;
Received: 14 April 2021 / Revised: 1 May 2021 / Accepted: 6 May 2021 / Published: 15 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mode of Action of Plant Natural Products)
Weed management is an arduous undertaking in crop production. Integrated weed management, inclusive of the application of bioherbicides, is an emerging weed control strategy toward sustainable agriculture. In general, bioherbicides are derived either from plants containing phytotoxic allelochemicals or certain disease-carrying microbes that can suppress weed populations. While bioherbicides have exhibited great promise in deterring weed seed germination and growth, only a few in vitro studies have been conducted on the physiological responses they evoke in weeds. This review discusses bioherbicide products that are currently available on the market, bioherbicide impact on weed physiology, and potential factors influencing bioherbicide efficacy. A new promising bioherbicide product is introduced at the end of this paper. When absorbed, phytotoxic plant extracts or metabolites disrupt cell membrane integrity and important biochemical processes in weeds. The phytotoxic impact on weed growth is reflected in low levels of root cell division, nutrient absorption, and growth hormone and pigment synthesis, as well as in the development of reactive oxygen species (ROS), stress-related hormones, and abnormal antioxidant activity. The inconsistency of bioherbicide efficacy is a primary factor restricting their widespread use, which is influenced by factors such as bioactive compound content, weed control spectrum, formulation, and application method. View Full-Text
Keywords: bioherbicides; plant-based; physiological response; biochemical activity; efficacy bioherbicides; plant-based; physiological response; biochemical activity; efficacy
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Hasan, M.; Ahmad-Hamdani, M.S.; Rosli, A.M.; Hamdan, H. Bioherbicides: An Eco-Friendly Tool for Sustainable Weed Management. Plants 2021, 10, 1212.

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Hasan M, Ahmad-Hamdani MS, Rosli AM, Hamdan H. Bioherbicides: An Eco-Friendly Tool for Sustainable Weed Management. Plants. 2021; 10(6):1212.

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Hasan, Mahmudul, Muhammad Saiful Ahmad-Hamdani, Adam Mustafa Rosli, and Hafizuddin Hamdan. 2021. "Bioherbicides: An Eco-Friendly Tool for Sustainable Weed Management" Plants 10, no. 6: 1212.

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