Herbicidal Effect of 5-Aminolevulinic Acid, a Biodegradable Photodynamic Substance

생분해성 광활성 물질 5-aminolevulinic acid의 제초활성

  • Chon, Sang-Uk (Callus Co. Ltd., TBI Center, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology) ;
  • Kim, Young-Min (Donguinara Co. Ltd., Biotechnology Industrialization Center, Dongshin University)
  • 천상욱 (광주과학기술원 창업기술지원센터 (주)캐러스) ;
  • 김영민 (동신대학교 생물자원산업화지원센터 (주)동의나라)
  • Published : 2007.03.30


Laboratory and greenhouse experiments were conducted to determine the herbicidal effect of two types of ${\delta}$-aminolevulinic acid (ALA), microbiologically-produced ALA (Bio-ALA) and synthetically produced ALA (Synthetic-ALA), on plant growth and chlorophyll content of Chinese cabbage. ALA effect on early plant growth was greatly concentration dependant, showing significant inhibition at higher concentrations. Both pre- and post-emergence application of ALA exhibited significant degree of photodynamic phytotoxicity. Older plants with many leaves were more tolerant to ALA than younger plants, showing less injury. No significant difference in herbicidal activity of two types of ALA, Bio-ALA and Synthetic-ALA, on plant height and chlorophyll content of Chinese cabbage was observed. However, residual biological activity and physico-chemical properties of Synthetic-ALA were more stable than those of Bio-ALA. Our results suggest that ALA had herbicidal potential with both pre- and post-emergence application, and that the chemical may be a valuable mean of eco-friendly weed control based on natural microbial substance.


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