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2015, vol. 30, iss. 4, pp. 233-241
A study of suitability of some conventional chemical preservatives and natural antimicrobial compounds in allelopathic research
Institute of Forage Crops, Pleven, Bulgaria
Keywords: Allelopathy; Plants; Lettuce; Chemical preservatives; Thymol
The impact of three conventional chemical preservatives (sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate and salicylic acid) and a natural antimicrobial compound (thymol) on germination, dynamics of growth and accumulation of fresh biomass (g per seedling) of Lactuca sativa L., cultivar Great Lakes, was studied under laboratory conditions. The tested conventional chemical preservatives demonstrated strong inhibitory effects (GI 27.1-0.0%) on germination and initial development of L. sativa, and they cannot be used in allelopathic studies in the laboratory. An addition of thymol at 0.5-1.0 %o concentration showed no inhibitory effect (GI varied 81.7-84.6%) on germination and initial development of L. sativa. Thymol can therefore be used as a natural antimicrobial compound in allelopathic studies in the laboratory.
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article language: English
document type: Original Scientific Paper
DOI: 10.2298/PIF1504233M
published in SCIndeks: 27/02/2016
peer review method: double-blind