What is it about?

Wedelia trilobata (L.) Hitchc. belonging to family Asteraceae (sunflower family) is a vigorous perennial herb, capable of producing phytotoxic compounds. In this study, we used LC based metabolomics to delineate the phytotoxic effects of different W. trilobata extracts based on their metabolome.

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Why is it important?

Our findings show soil had the strongest phytotoxic activity but with less plant metabolites when compared to leaves and leaf litter extracts. We postulate other factors may contribute to the allelopathic interactions of W. trilobata.


Weeds are regarded as unwanted plant species that grow in ordinary environment and may be a rich and untapped source of bioactive compounds. Using the right tools, it is hoped that the benefits of these unwanted weeds can be harnessed for further usage.

Kamalrul Azlan Azizan
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

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This page is a summary of: Metabolomics approach to investigate phytotoxic effects of Wedelia trilobata leaves, litter and soil, Plant Biosystems - An International Journal Dealing with all Aspects of Plant Biology, January 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/11263504.2018.1539042.
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