Assessment of Allelopathic Property of Mikania scandens Root

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Volume :6
Issue :3
July, 2012
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Protapaditya Dey, Sangita Chandra, Priyanka Chatterjee and Sanjib Bhattacharya*
Pharmacognosy Division, Bengal School of Technology (A College of Pharmacy), Delhi Road, Sugandha, Hooghly 712102, West Bengal, India.


The present study aimed the evaluation of allelopathic effect of hydroalcoholic extract from the roots of Mikania scandens (L.) Willd. (Asteraceae); against the germination and radicle growth of Cicer arietinum and Triticum aestivum seeds. The extract at different concentrations was incubated in controlled conditions with the surface sterilized seeds of C. arietinum and T. aestivum and observed periodically for seed germination and radicle growth to assess the allelopathic behaviour. The extract mainly at higher concentrations demonstrated promising allelopathic potential by significantly affecting seed germination and radicle elongation of both C. arietinum and T. aestivum in a concentration dependent manner. C. arietinum was found to be more sensitive than T. aestivum. The present study demonstrated remarkable allelopathic potential of M. scandens root against the test seeds. The effect was plausibly due to the alkaloids and polyphenols present in the root of M. scandens.

Allelopathic, Mikania scandens, Cicer arietinum, Triticum aestivum, roots.
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