- suppression of growth of a plant by a toxin released from a nearby plant of the same or another species.
Origin of allelopathy
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- the inhibitory effect of one living plant upon another by the release of toxic substances
from French allélopathie, from Greek allēl- one another + pathos suffering
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- The inhibition of growth in one plant species by chemicals produced by another. For example, other plants will often not grow underneath black walnut trees, since these trees produce juglone, a chemical inhibiting plant respiration.
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