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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: The Effect of Mimosine on Seed Germination and Seedling Growth

Authors
item Williams, Robert
item Hoagland, Robert

Submitted to: Weed Science Society of America Meeting Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: January 1, 2000
Publication Date: March 1, 2000
Citation: WILLIAMS, R.D., HOAGLAND, R.E. 2000. THE EFFECT OF MIMOSINE ON SEED GERMINATION AND SEEDLING GROWTH. WEED SCIENCE SOCIETY OF AMERICA ABSTRACTS. v. 40(1):Abstract p. 25.

Interpretive Summary: Abstract Only.

Technical Abstract: Mimosine is a non-protein amino acid produced by several legume species including Mimosa, or Silk-tree, (Albizzia julibrissin Durazz.). Mimosa can be used as an inter-cropped woody species in pastures to provide additional forage for sheep and goats. Several reports indicate that mimosine has fungicidal and insecticidal properties, and may be involved in allelopathic cinteractions of Leucaena leucocephala (Lam.) de Wit. Preliminary results show that seed germination of sicklepod (Cassia obtusifolia L.) and hemp sesbania {Sesbania exaltata (Raf.) Rydb. ex A.W. Hill} are delayed. However, visual observations indicate that mimosine may have a greater effect on seedling growth and establishment. Studies to quantify the effects of mimosine on seedling growth of several forb and grass species are in progress.

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