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Status, Trends and Advances in Bioremediation pp. 170-178
Editors: Dr. Natchimuthu Karmegam
Dr. Mani Prakash
ISBN: 978-93-94174-13-9
Chapter 10
Bioremediation of Allelopathic Effect of Plants by Vermicompost Application – A Review
R. Sabarish1,2 and M. Prakash1*
1Research Department of Microbiology, Kanchi Shri Krishna College of Arts and Science, Kanchipuram-631 551, Tamil Nadu, India
2Department of Biotechnology, St. Joseph's College (Arts & Science), Kundrathur Main Road, Kovur, Chennai-600 128, Tamil Nadu, India
Plants release secondary compounds that stimulate or inhibit neighboring plants' growth, causing allelopathy. The autoallelopathy of a plant species affects the species itself either positively or negatively. There is the possibility that native species may have an allelopathic potential that can impose a biotic resistance on invasive plants, while exotic species may have an allelochemical potential that may encourage their establishment. As a result, native biodiversity and soil health are being adversely affected by this phenomenon. Organic molecules bond with activated carbon via physical adsorption and ion binding due to its high porosity, can be used for alleviating the effect of allelopathy. Also, the organically derived soil conditioners like compost and vermicompost amendment has been found to reduce the risk of allelopathic effect the plants like Lantana camara whereby provide remediation by means of highly active vermicasts particles, microbial diversity and nutrient contents. The present study provides an insight on the alleviative effect of vermicompost with special reference to the allelopathic plant, Lantana camara.
Allelopathic plants, Bioremediation, Lantana camara, Plant growth, Vermicompost
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Cite this Chapter: Sabarish, R., Prakash, M., 2022. Bioremediation of allelopathic effect of plants by vermicompost application – A review. In: N. Karmegam and M. Prakash (Eds.), Status, Trends and Advances in Bioremediation. Excellent Publishers, India. pp. 170-178. doi:
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