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[mass noun] The chemical inhibition of one plant (or other organism) by another, due to the release into the environment of substances acting as germination or growth inhibitors.
- ‘It can provide a potent mixture of allelopathy and shade for the soil, inhibiting weed seed germination.’
- ‘He speculated that competition for light or water or allelopathy might be factors limiting the growth of seedlings within native populations.’
- ‘The effect on seedling germination is a well-known phenomenon in allelopathy.’
- ‘Secreted secondary compounds are positioned to be leached to the soil, in some cases for the purpose of contributing to allelopathy.’
- ‘It's unlikely that allelopathy will totally replace herbicides in weed control.’
1950s: from Greek allēl- one another + -pathy.
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