Special Issue "Plant Interference through Competition and Allelopathy"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 August 2021.
Interests: development of methods for analysis of plant root exudates and soil; passive sampling methods; bioassay methodology; invasive weeds; sustainable agriculture; contamination of consumer products with heavy metals such as lead and cadmium
Interests: Metabolomics; Plant Interactions; Allelopathy; Field Research;Bioinformatics
Interests: Metabolomics/Bioinformatics; Plant Interactions including Competition and Allelopathy, Herbicide Discovery
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This special issue will focus on competition and allelopathic interference mechanisms in aquatic and terrestrial plants, and their impact on plant growth, invasion, community diversity and ecosystem function. Of particular interest in this issue is the focus on new technologies to study the impact of allelochemicals on ecosystem and rhizosphere diversity as well as the role of microorganisms in allelopathy, allelochemical production and transformation and plant interference.
Plants, including weeds, interfere with other plants, particularly crops, by several important mechanisms which can negatively impact their germination, establishment, productivity, reproduction, performance and/or quality. In the past fifty years, ecologists, agronomists and horticulturalists have frequently focused on the study of plant inter- or intraspecific competition for resources as a key mechanism impacting plant productivity and community dynamics. Additional research evaluating the impact of plant competition on resource availability including water, soil nutrients, and other factors will be a focus of this special issue. The impact of plant competition on soil microbial diversity and rhizosphere interactions is of particular interest, as findings generated by technological advancements in the study of rhizosphere biology and microbial diversity have resulted in the recent discovery of the critical role that soil microorganisms play in plant establishment and successful competition for resources.
In addition, plant and microbial interference with plant growth due to allelopathy, or chemical interactions among plants and microbes, is mediated by the production of secondary products or allelochemicals. Such metabolites can play important roles in chemical signaling processes while also impacting plant defense, growth and development, soil diversity and microbial associations including symbiotic and ectomycorrhizal associations. Furthermore, soil microorganisms and soil properties can directly impact the persistence, availability and transformation of such metabolites, thereby significantly affecting plant growth and establishment over time. The impact of plant metabolites on plant invasion, crop establishment and performance and replant issues is also featured in this special issue, due to technological advancements in the study of microbial activity, metabolite identification, mode of action of such allelochemicals, and their biosynthesis.
We are specifically requesting original research papers, short communications and review papers on this subject matter.
Dr. Jeffrey Weidenhamer
Dr. Sajid Latif
Prof. Dr. Leslie A. Weston
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agronomy is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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- plant competition
- plant invasion
- soil rhizosphere
- microbial diversity
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Evaluation of Australian Early Vigour Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) Genotypes and Commercial Cultivars For Weed Suppressive Ability
Authors: Pieter-Willem Hendriks 1,2,3,*, Saliya Gurusinghe2, Gregory J. Rebetzke3 and Leslie A. Weston2
Affiliation: 1 Charles Sturt University, School of Agriculture and Wine Sciences, Booroowa Street, Wagga-Wagga, 14 NSW, 2650, Australia; 2 Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650, Australia; 3 CSIRO, Agriculture and Food, PO Box 1700, Canberra, ACT, 2601, Australia.
Abstract: In this study, field experiments were performed in southern Australia to assess the impact of early shoot vigour and crop canopy in selected breeding accessions and commercial Australian winter wheat cultivars on naturally occurring weed populations. Crop traits including time of emergence, crop canopy closure, leaf area and biomass were evaluated over time and their association with weed suppression determined in a three-year study conducted in Wagga Wagga NSW, in the cereal belt of southern Australia.