Allelopathic Effects of Jatropha (Jatropha curcas Linn.) on Agricultural Crops

Mohini U. Dhakane, Karanjalker Gourish


Jatropha ( Jatropha curcas Linn.) fascinated the cultivators owing to its biofuel potential. It possesses well known medicinal properties valuable in pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.  Most of the researchers have considered  its phytochemical properties from medicinal point of view but its plant-plant interactions in crop association have received only secondary attention.  Present  article compiles the studies which throw  light on the presence of different phytoactive compounds with allelopathic potential. The use of Jatropha in agroforestry systems requires an understandingt of its long term impact on companions. The present report  assesses its particular effects  under laboratory and nursery trials. Field trials with distinct patterns of intercropping have to made  on large scale to find suitable crop combinations for the growers.


Agroforestry; Biofuel; Food Crops; Intercropping; Phytochemicals.


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