Natural compounds with herbicidal activity

Abstract

Research about phytotoxic activity of natural compounds could lead both to find new herbicidal active ingredients and to plan environmental friendly weed control strategies. Particularly, living organisms could be a source of compounds that are impossible, for their complexity, to synthesize artificially. More over, they could have alternative sites of action respect to the known chemical herbicides and, due to their origin, they should be more environmental safe. Many living organism, such as bacteria, fungi, insects, lichens and plants, are able to produce bioactive compounds. They generally are secondary metabolites or simply waste molecules. In this paper we make a review about these compounds, highlighting potential and constraints.

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2007-12-21
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Keywords:
Bioherbicides, natural compounds, chemical weeding, weeds.
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Fracchiolla, M., & Montemurro, P. (2007). Natural compounds with herbicidal activity. Italian Journal of Agronomy, 2(4s), 463-476. https://doi.org/10.4081/ija.2007.4s.463