Date of Award

4-3-2017

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Biology

First Advisor

Robert Zdor

Abstract

Past research has shown that alyl isothiocyanate (AICT) and its sister ITC compounds are effective alternatives to herbicides in reducing growth in weed seedlings. In this project the effects of mustard seed meal (MSM), a source of AITC, on plant-associated soil bacteria populations was assessed along with the effect of AITC on velvetleaf seed in vitro germination. Results show that MSM reduces bacterial levels in the soil. Velvetleaf seed germination was inbibited by micromolar levels of AITC. These results suggest that MSM has the potential to impact velvetleaf growth in the field as well as becoming a weed management tool.

Subject Area

Weeds--Control; Mustards--Seeds; Velvetleaf--Biological Control; Allyl Isothiocyanate

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Biology Commons

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