Special Issue "Allelochemicals: Effects on Seed Germination and Plant Growth"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Weed Science and Weed Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Natividad Chaves Lobón
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Guest Editor
Universidad de Extremadura, Badajoz, Spain
Interests: Ecophysiology; Allelopathy; Ecological function of metabolism secondary; Plant-plant interaction; Plant-animal interaction
Prof. Dr. Juan Carlos Alías Gallego
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Guest Editor
Universidad de Extremadura, Badajoz, Spain
Interests: Ecophysiology; Allelopathy; Ecological function of metabolism secondary; Plant-plant interaction; Plant-animal interaction
Prof. Dr. Sara Rodrigo
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Guest Editor
Universidad de Extremadura, Badajoz, Spain
Interests: Sustainable agriculture; Plant production; Biofortification; Fungal endophytes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Allelopathy is concerned with the effects of chemical compounds produced by plants or microorganisms on the growth, development, and distribution of other plants and microorganisms in natural communities or agricultural systems. The study of allelopathy is becoming a popular topic in agronomy and ecology, since allelopathic interactions can be one of the significant factors contributing to species distribution and abundance within plant communities. The study of allelopathy and its application to agricultural production has long been anticipated. Researchers have found allelopathic plants that are now used as cover crops, and allelochemicals which may lead to new herbicides. Plant-derived allelochemicals thus offer an environmentally friendly alternative to agrochemicals in sustainable agriculture, and the synthesis of novel agrochemicals based on allelochemicals has attracted a great deal of attention from scientists engaged in agronomic research.

On the other hand, soil-borne fungal diseases pose serious constraints on agro-productivity. Biological control is a non-hazardous strategy to control plant pathogens and improve crop productivity, and in the soil there are microorganisms (fungi, plant-growth-promoting rhizobacteria, etc.) that can act as biological control agents. These microorganisms are able to produce allelochemicals that confer positive effects on plants, such as eliciting induced systemic resistance, promoting plant growth, and reducing susceptibility to pathogens, and they reduce the inhibitory effect on susceptible plants caused by allelopathic weeds.

For all this, considerable further work is required in the field of allelochemical research because it is a complex process. The plant-organism chemical interactions are a multidisciplinary science requiring deep knowledge. Thus, this Special Issue aims to collect original papers that contribute to our knowledge of:

-The structure–activity relationships of allelochemicals to facilitate the design of new herbicides.

-The progress regarding the mode of action of allelochemicals and their physiological mechanisms.

-The belowground chemical interactions and processes in vivo and in situ.

-The transportation and biodegradation of allelochemicals in soil.

-The design of studies with analytical methods which are more representative of actual field situations.

-The effect of allelochemicals on the diversity of the soil microbial community and to how allelochemicals are involved in plant-microbe-pathogen interactions to contribute to disease control in crops.

Contributions in the form of reviews are also welcome.

Prof. Dr. Natividad Chaves Lobón
Prof. Dr. Juan Carlos Alías Gallego
Prof. Dr. Sara Rodrigo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Allelochemicals
  • Allelopathy
  • Chemical interaction
  • Soil and environment
  • Sustainable herbicides
  • Physiological mechanisms of allelochemicals
  • Soil microorganisms
  • Integrated plant disease management
  • Agricultural sustainable development.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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