2nd Edition - March 28, 1983

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  • Author: Elroy Rice
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080925394

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A thorough revision and update of the first edition, this Second Edition is designed to create an awareness of the rapidly developing field of allelopathy. The author appraises existing knowledge in certain critical areas, such as roles of allelopathy in the prevention of seed decay and in the nitrogen cycle, the chemical nature of allelopathic compounds, factors affecting concentrations of allelochemics in plants, movement of allelochemics from plants and absorption and translocation by other plants, mechanisms of action of allelopathic agents, and factors determining effectiveness of allelopathic compounds after egression from producing organisms. Areas in which more basic and applied research is needed are emphasized. A discussion of terminology and early history of allelopathy is followed by a discussion of the important roles of allelopathy in forestry, agriculture, plant pathology, and natural ecosystems. A separate listing of the phyla of plants demonstrated to have allelopathic species is also included.Allelopathy, Second Edition, is a comprehensive review of the literature on allelopathy, integrating information on allelopathy with important information on ecological and agronomic problems, citing more than 1000 references. Among those who will find this to be a valuable source of information are ecologists, horticulturists, botanists, plant pathologists, phytochemists, agricultural scientists, and plant breeders.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Preface to the First Edition

    1. Introduction

    I. Origin and Meaning of Allelopathy

    II. Suggested Terminology for Chemical Interactions between Plants of Different Levels of Complexity

    III. Early History of Allelopathy

    IV. Phyla of Plants Demonstrated to Have Allelopathic Species

    2. Manipulated Ecosystems: Roles of Allelopathy in Agriculture

    I. Effects of Weed Interference on Crop Yields

    II. Allelopathic Effects of Crop Plants on Other Crop Plants

    III. Allelopathic Effects of Crop Plants on Weeds

    3. Manipulated Ecosystems: Roles of Allelopathy in Forestry and Horticulture

    I. Forestry

    II. Horticulture

    4. Roles of Allelopathy in Plant Pathology

    I. Allelopathy in Development and Morphogenesis of Pathogens

    II. Allelopathy in Antagonism of Pathogens by Nonhost Organisms

    III. Allelochemics and the Promotion of Infections by Pathogens

    IV. Allelopathy in Development of Disease Symptoms

    V. Allelopathy in Host Plant Resistance to Disease

    5. Natural Ecosystems: Allelopathy and Patterning of Vegetation

    I. Concepts of Patterning

    II. Allelopathic Effects of Herbaceous Species on Patterning

    III. Allelopathic Effects of Woody Species on Patterning

    IV. Patterning due to Allelopathic Effects of Microorganisms

    6. Natural Ecosystems: Ecological Effects of Algal Allelopathy

    I. Effects on Algal Succession

    II. Allelopathic Effects of Algae Not Related Directly to Algal Succession

    7. Natural Ecosystems: Allelopathy and Old-Field or Urban Succession

    I. Old-Field Succession in Oklahoma

    II. Old-Field Succession in Areas Other Than Oklahoma

    III. Allelopathy in Urban Plant Succession in Japan

    8. Allelopathy and the Prevention of Seed Decay before Germination

    I. Direct Production of Microbial Inhibitors by Seed Plants

    II. Production of Microbial Inhibitors in Seed Coats by Soil Microorganisms

    III. Conclusions

    9. Allelopathy and the Nitrogen Cycle

    I. The Nitrogen Cycle and Phases Known to Be Affected by Allelopathy

    II. Allelopathic Effects on Nitrogen Fixers and Nitrogen Fixation

    III. Inhibition of Nitrification

    10. Chemical Nature of Allelopathic Agents

    I. Types of Chemical Compounds Identified as Allelopathic Agents

    II. Unidentified Inhibitors

    11. Factors Affecting Amounts of Allelopathic Compounds Produced by Plants

    I. Introduction

    II. Effects of Radiation

    III. Mineral Deficiencies

    IV. Water Stress

    V. Temperature

    VI. Allelopathic Agents

    VII. Age of Plant Organs

    VIII. Genetics

    IX. Pathogens and Predators

    X. Conclusions

    12. Evidence for Movement of Allelopathic Compounds from Plants and Absorption and Translocation by Other Plants

    I. Movement from Plants

    II. Uptake by Plants

    III. Translocation

    IV. Possible Plant-Plant Movement through Root Grafts, Fungal Bridges, or Haustoria of Parasitic Vascular Plants

    V. Conclusions

    13. Mechanisms of Action of Allelopathic Agents

    I. Introduction

    II. Effects on Division, Elongation, and Ultrastructure of the Cell

    III. Effects on Hormone-Induced Growth

    IV. Effects on Membrane Permeability

    V. Effects on Mineral Uptake

    VI. Effects on Easily Available Phosphorus and Potassium in Soils

    VII. Effects on Stomatal Opening and Photosynthesis

    VIII. Effects on Respiration

    IX. Inhibition of Protein Synthesis and Changes in Lipid and Organic Acid Metabolism

    X. Possible Inhibition of Porphyrin Synthesis

    XI. Inhibition or Stimulation of Specific Enzymes

    XII. Effects on Corking and Clogging of Xylem Elements, Stem Conductance of Water, and Internal Water Relations

    XIII. Miscellaneous Mechanisms

    14. Factors Determining Effectiveness of Allelopathic Agents after Egression from Producing Organisms

    I. Chemical Union of Some Allelochemics with Organic Matter in Soil

    II. Soil Texture and Accumulation of Allelochemics to Physiologically Active Concentrations

    III. Duration of Allelopathic Activity

    IV. Decomposition of Allelochemics

    V. Synergistic Action of Allelochemics

    VI. Enhancement of Allelopathic Activity by Other Stress Factors



Product details

  • No. of pages: 368
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2012
  • Published: March 28, 1983
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080925394

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Elroy Rice

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The University of Oklahoma, Norman, U.S.A.

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  • Maria S. Thu Jun 21 2018


    The book is the most important of the branch of allelopathy, every researcher who works in this line of research needs to have a basic contact with this book, besides techniques, theory is of the utmost importance.