Use of Essential Oils of Cinnamon, Lavender and Peppermint for Weed Control

Submitted: 16 December 2010
Accepted: 16 December 2010
Published: 30 June 2007
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The indiscriminate use of synthetic chemical compounds for weed control has been often responsible of damage to both the environment and the human health. To challenge these problems, in the last years research has increased its effort to find out alternative farming strategies. A feasible alternative could be the identification of natural substances with allelopathic effects for the realization of natural herbicides. Some research has already highlighted the possibility of using essential oils, extracted from aromatic plants, for weed control. The advantage in the utilization of such natural compounds is the quickly breaking down process into the environment and so the possible application in sustainable agriculture like organic farming. Objective of this research was the evaluation of the inhibition effect exerted by the essential oils of cinnamon, peppermint and lavender on seeds germination of some of the most common weeds species of the Mediterranean environment (pigweed, wild mustard and ryegrass). The results have highlighted a control in the weeds germination. Among the essential oils tested, cinnamon oil has exerted the highest inhibition effect compared with lavender and peppermint ones. The dicotyledonous species have been more susceptible compared with the monocotyledonous, even if it has been recorded only for redroot pigweed a dose able to inhibit totally the seed germination.

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Campiglia, E., Mancinelli, R., Cavalieri, A., & Caporali, F. (2007). Use of Essential Oils of Cinnamon, Lavender and Peppermint for Weed Control. Italian Journal of Agronomy, 2(2), 171–178. https://doi.org/10.4081/ija.2007.171