Revista Brasileira de Plantas Medicinais
versão impressa ISSN 1516-0572
MAIA, J.T.L.S. et al. Allelopathic influence of mint (Mentha x villosa Huds.) on the emergence of lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) seedlings. Rev. bras. plantas med. [online]. 2011, vol.13, n.3, pp. 253-257. ISSN 1516-0572. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-05722011000300001.
This study aimed to assess the interference of possible allelopathic effects of Mentha x villosa Huds. on the germination of Lactuca sativa L. The activities were carried out in laboratory, at the Institute of Agricultural Sciences (ICA) of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Montes Claros, Minas Gerais State, Brazil. The following three treatments were proposed: soil A, collected in area cultivated with mint at the garden of ICA; soil B, collected in adjacent areas; and control (germitest paper). Experimental design was completely randomized (CR), with seven replicates. The evaluated variables were: germination percentage and speed index. The emergence of Lactuca sativa seedlings was significantly affected by soil A (6.95%) when compared to soil B (21.71%), indicating thus emergence inhibition, i.e. an allelopathic effect of mint on lettuce emergence. On the other hand, the germination speed index (GSI) did not differ significantly between the tested soils.
Palavras-chave : allelopathy; germination; medicinal plants.