CE: 1752 CF: cag10118
Allelopathy: the potential of medicinal plants in the control of spontaneous species
Alelopatia: el potencial de las plantas medicinales en el control de espécies espontáneas
Filipe Pereira Giardini Bonfim, Gabriela Machado Torres Menezes, Jordany Aparecida de Oliveira Gomes, Daniela Aparecida Teixeira, Juan David Solano Mendoza, Nathália de Souza Parreiras
As an option for the problem of agrotoxics, agroecology has sought the control of spontaneous species through the use of parts of plants with herbicidal activity. The following work consists of a bibliographical research that aims to gather the information disseminated in several articles on the biodiversity of medicinal plants as natural herbicides. For the review of the literature, it was decided to search for articles in national and international journals during the period from 1997 to 2014. Several studies that cover medicinal plants were observed in the literature, but the evaluation of allelopathic potential is limited. The study added medicinal plants that possess potential secondary allelopathic compounds, with the possibility of being used in the production of natural herbicides. It is important to encourage this type of studies, for an ecological perspective in general, to enable the manipulation of allelopathic interactions related to agriculture.