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What is Allelopathy?

Allelopathy is the study of interactions between plants which has opened a whole world of opportunity for weed control in agriculture.

Public dissatisfaction in herbicide and pesticide use in agriculture and forestry has opened up avenues for allelopathy scientists to develop biological controls using allelopathic principles.

While traditional crop management following allelopathic principles has been an age-old practice, the development of new biological products offers creative methods for weed control in agriculture of the future.

The latest research into eradicating the need for artificial herbicides to combat weeds in crops is among the topics for discussion at the international, scientific conference.

Under the theme “Establishing the Scientific Base”, the triennial conference will examine plant allelopathy from the ecological, chemical, genetic and commercial aspects.

Along with Australian experts, the Fourth World Congress in Allelopathy at the CSU Convention Centre will feature 120 allelopathy scientists from the USA, United Kingdom, Europe and Asia.

Because modern agriculture has relied heavily in recent years on synthetic herbicides to deal with the substantial problem of weeds, repeated herbicide use has resulted in the widespread problem of weed herbicide resistance and pesticide residues.

“The understanding of plant allelopathy and its management and chemical make-up offers a novel and promising means of natural weed control to supplement the useful but limited range of procedures available in current weed management systems,” said Dean of CSU Faculty of Science and Agriculture, Professor Jim Pratley.

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