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Allelopathy and Agricultural Sustainability: Implication in weed management and crop protection—an overview

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Crop plants have defined roles in agricultural production and feeding the world. They are affected by several environmental and biological stresses, which range from soil salinity, drought, and climate change to exposure to diverse plant pathogens. These stresses pose risk to agricultural sustainability. To avoid the increasing biotic and abiotic pressure on crop plants, agrochemicals are extensively used in agriculture for attaining desirable yield and production of crops. However, the use of agrochemicals is also challenging the integrity of ecosystems. Thus, to maintain the integrity of ecosystem, sustainable measures for elevated crop production are required. Allelopathy, a process of chemical interactions between plants and other organisms, could be used in the management of several biotic and abiotic stresses if the basic mechanisms of the phenomena and plants with allelopathic potentials are known. Allelopathy has a promising future for its application in agriculture for natural weed management, improving soil health and suppressing plant diseases. The aim of this review is to discuss the importance of allelopathy in agriculture and its role in sustainability with a specific focus on weed management and crop protection.

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Green and Charophyte Algae in Bioindication of Water Quality of the Shah Alam River (District Peshawar, Pakistan)

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58 species and infraspecies of Chlorophyta and Charophyta algae were observed in 60 samples collected in September 2017 from the Shah Alam River, Pakistan. The algal species richness and environmental variables increased down the river, except for pH. Bioindication revealed low saline, low alkaline, middle streaming, and middle oxygenated water with low to middle organic pollution with Index saprobity S 1.48-1.73, Class 2-3 of Water Quality. The trophic state was eutrophic and meso-eutrophic with increasing eutrophication down the river. River Pollution Indices RPI demonstrated increasing of pollution in the Shah Alam River in comparison with the parallel part of the Kabul River.

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