Paper Title
Allelopathic Effects of Flacourtia Inermis on Seed Germination of Selected Crop Plants Found in India

Organic extract derived from the leaves of the edible plant, Flacourtia inermis was used to determine their allelopathic potential in relation to the seed germination of the crop plants; black mustard (Brassica nigra), chickpea (Cicer arietinum), mung bean (Vigna radiata), and big gram (Vigna unguiculata). The methanolic leaf extract of this plant induced maximum reduction in the germination of seeds. The seeds of Brassica nigra and Cicer arietinum showed the highest susceptibility towards the extract. The F.inermis showed 100% inhibition on both Brassica nigra and Cicer arietinum and 75%, 51.67% of inhibition on the germination of Vigna unguiculata, and Vigna radiata respectively. The germination study was carried out by petridish method and the percentage of Inhibition of Germination (I) was calculated by using specified equation. The present study is the first report revealing the strong allelopathic potential of Flacourtia inermis. The result necessitates further studies to test its allelopathic behaviour under field condition and to identify the toxic principle/s, their quantification and efficacy in the soil. Keywords— Allelopathy, germination inhibition, Flacourtia inermis, Brassica nigra, Cicer arietinum, Vigna radiata, Vigna unguiculata.