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Natural compounds with herbicidal activity

Author(s): Mariano Fracchiolla | Pasquale Montemurro

Journal: Italian Journal of Agronomy
ISSN 1125-4718

Volume: 2;
Issue: 4s;
Start page: 463;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Bioherbicides | natural compounds | chemical weeding | weeds.

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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