TSU researchers will create an effective bioherbicide


Scientists at the TSU Biological Institute conducted a series of experiments and obtained new data on Melilotus albus. This unpretentious plant of the legume family is grown in Siberia for fodder and melliferous purposes and is distinguished by a consistently high productivity of raw materials, including seeds. The researchers found that the water extract from the Melilotus albus seeds acts as an active bioherbicide - even in low concentrations, it inhibits the growth and reproduction capacity of many weeds and invasive plants.

- Plants are able to synthesize different groups of biologically active substances and release them into the environment. Thus, they stimulate or inhibit the development of living organisms, and this property is called allelopathy, - explains Svetlana Mikhailova, associate professor at the Department of Agricultural Biology, Biological Institute, a researcher at the Tomsk branch of the All-Russian Center of Plant Quarantine. - This feature of plants can be used to develop bioherbicides, natural plant protection products that are not inferior in efficiency to chemistry but are an environmentally friendly product. With the development of organic farming, this topic is becoming increasingly relevant.

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