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Old 07-10-2013, 05:44 PM
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crabgrass' little secret

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Old 07-10-2013, 06:06 PM
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Thanks for that Keegan.
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The page can not be displayed... Did it say something of interest???
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:50 AM
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Link doesn't work from an iphone. So what's the deal?
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:05 AM
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That's why discussion and evaluation is a good thing for Forums,,, rather than dropping URLs that are not available to everyone...
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Old 07-11-2013, 01:25 PM
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From Science Daily:

June 26, 2013 ó Contrary to popular belief, crabgrass does not thrive in lawns, gardens and farm fields by simply crowding out other plants. A new study in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has found that the much-despised weed actually produces its own herbicides that kill nearby plants.

Chui-Hua Kong and colleagues point out that crabgrass is not only a headache for lawns and home gardens, but also a major cause of crop loss on farms. Scientists long suspected, but had a hard time proving, that the weed thrived by allelopathy. From the Greek "allelo-," meaning "other," and "-pathy," meaning "suffering," allelopathy occurs when one plant restricts the growth of another by releasing toxins. They set out to determine if crabgrass has this oppressive ability.

Kong's team isolated three chemicals from crabgrass that affect the microbial communities in nearby soil and did indeed inhibit the growth of staple crops wheat, corn and soybeans. "The chemical-specific changes in [the] soil microbial community generated a negative feedback on crop growth," the scientists said, noting that the chemicals also would have a direct toxic effect on other plants.

The authors acknowledge funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China.
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Thanks for posting that article... It may help to explain the difficulty I've had getting new grass to start in the dead areas from the drought last year... the drought killed grass and CG took over for the remainder of the season and I got little of nothing to germinate from the Fall seeding or the Dormant backup seeding...
I've been thinking about the necessity to possibly killing the CG earlier in the season before too much allelopathy occurs...
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Old 07-12-2013, 11:23 AM
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Thanks for posting that article... It may help to explain the difficulty I've had getting new grass to start in the dead areas from the drought last year... the drought killed grass and CG took over for the remainder of the season and I got little of nothing to germinate from the Fall seeding or the Dormant backup seeding...
I've been thinking about the necessity to possibly killing the CG earlier in the season before too much allelopathy occurs...
Add organic matter now to rebuild the microbiology.
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:36 AM
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"... Kong's team isolated three chemicals from crabgrass that affect the microbial communities in nearby soil and did indeed inhibit the growth of staple crops wheat, corn and soybeans. "The chemical-specific changes in [the] soil microbial community generated a negative feedback on crop growth," the scientists said, noting that the chemicals also would have a direct toxic effect on other plants."

So the allelopathy is directed SOLELY at the microbes, not a general herbicides to actual plants...

Now I'm curious ,,, what is the "negative feedback" all about???
The addition of compost may not even overcome that 'negative feedback' and end up being contaminated itself...
Interesting...
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