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Tarbali R, Aliloo A A, Farjami nejad M. Inhibitory Effects of Root Extract of Ceratocephalus falcata on Some Germination Indices, Seedling Growth, and Enzymatic Activities of Triticum aestivum var. Sardary. Iranian J. Seed Res.. 2021; 7 (2) :1-18
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University of Maragheh , aliloo@maragheh.ac.ir
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Introduction: The weed invasion is one of the main yield-reducing factors in crops. They are potent competitors on vital resources which limits the availability of the resources for crops. Allelopathy is one of the weeds' abilities that commonly with inhibitory influences, affects plant communities' behavior. Therefore, the evaluation of these compounds' effects is important on crop plants. Also, the identification of allelopathic plants and their bioactive compounds can be a suitable approach to weed management. Thus, the aim of this study was the evaluation of the allelopathic potential of C. falcate on germination indices of wheat seeds and the mode of action of the extract on some enzyme activities. Furthermore, secondary metabolites in methanolic root extract were identified and reported.
Materials and methods: Germination and seedling experiments of Triticum aestivum var. Sardary seeds were tested by 0, 5%, 10%, 15%, and 20% concentrations of C. falcata root extracts based on CRD with four replications at the research laboratory of Maragheh University during 2018-19. Also, the influence of the extract was studied on enzyme activities of alpha-amylase, catalase, peroxidase, superoxide dismutase, and polyphenol oxidase. Furthermore, chemical compounds of the root methanolic extract identified by GC/MS instruments.
Results: Germination percentage and germination rate decreased significantly with the increase in the concentration of the extract, and germination stopped at concentrations above 15%. The results of seedling growth showed severe inhibitory effects of the extract on radicle and shoot organs of wheat seedlings that associated with reducing of the lengths and weights of the organs, and consequently, the vigor of seedling declined. The extract significantly reduced the activity of alpha-amylase, however, the activities of antioxidant enzymes first increased at low and medium concentrations but at high concentrations, the activities declined. The phytochemical analysis identified 62 compounds in the root of this plant that Octadecatrienal, Dihydro-4H-pyrazolo [3, 4-d] pyrimidin-4-one, Hexadecanoic acid, Hexadecanoic acid, 2-hydroxy-1 (hydroxymethyl) ethyl ester, Isopropyl isothiocyanate, and Cyclohexanone could be effective compounds on seed germination.
Conclusion: C. falcata had a very strong inhibitory effect on the seed viability and seed vigor of the wheat seeds. According to the results, the mode of action of the allelopathic compounds is induced by induction of oxidative stress and inhibition of seed reserves remobilization during germination. The high sensitivity of alpha-amylase activity to allelochemicals was detected in this experiment. The decrease in the activity of all studied enzymes at high concentrations of C. falcata root extract was also significant. Stearic acid and palmitic acid derivatives accounted for about 30% of the compounds, which are very likely to interfere with the activity of the enzymes.

  1. Allelopathy effects of C. falcata root extract on germination indices of wheat were studied.
  2. Chemical compounds identified were in methanol extract of the plant roots of C. falcate.
  3. Oxidative stress is induced by the allelochemicals of C. falcata.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Seed Physiology
Received: 2019/11/24 | Accepted: 2020/03/26

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