The History of Allelopathy
This book had its beginnings about thirty-five years ago, when I migrated to Australia from Canada, and began a doctoral study concerning the role of allelopathy in forests of the eucalypt known in Australia as mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans), under the supervision of Dr Kingsley Rowan and the late Dr David Ashton. In first assembling materials for the usual survey of the relevant literature, I came to realise that the relative youth of Australia as a nation and its geographical remoteness were to be barriers in fully dealing with historical concepts. At times, the simplest option was to buy the requisite antiquarian books, if they were not readily available from local libraries. I remember that one of the first such works that I acquired was de Candolle’s Physiologie Végétale, and it was then that I began to learn that the history of allelopathy had been only superficially investigated. Allelopathy is a topic which has been very much in the limelight of plant ecology in the past few decades. It is a controversial topic which has a surprisingly large body of literature associated with it, yet the mere existence of allelopathy as an ecological process is still considered doubtful by many. Most students of allelopathy seem to have assumed that the topic has been c- menced in 1937 with the work of Hans Molisch, or to those more historically minded, the theories of A. P.
First work to document in detail the history of allelopathy
Material presented in English for the first time, e.g. from Latin, Indian, Chinese, Arabic sources
Unique insight into the historical factors which have swayed the popularity of allelopathy through the ages
This is the first work to document in detail the history of allelopathy. The book provides a detailed account of the concept of allelopathy as it has occurred through the course of botanical literature from the earliest recorded writings to the modern era.
The book firstly addresses the question of what is allelopathy. It then examines the major episodes in the history of allelopathy leading to the current era. The work draws extensively on original sources, and consequently many of the assertions published in relation to the background of allelopathy are shown to be incorrect, or at best very inadequate. There is a great deal of information presented in a consolidated and accessible form for the first time. The book endeavours to set the history of allelopathy within both a scientific and sociological context, and it offers a unique insight into the historical factors which have swayed the popularity of allelopathy through the ages.