Allelopathy is the main reason for disease control in intercropping systems. The effects of different extracts, root secretions and phenolic acids of wheat and faba bean on Fusarium oxysporum f. fabae (FOF) growth were studied to explore the allelopathy mechanism of wheat in disease control of faba bean. Various extracts and root exudate of faba bean were promoted but those of wheat inhibited the growth and reproduction of FOF. High-performance liquid chromatography revealed significant differences in the contents of phenolic acids in the various extracts and root exudate of wheat and faba bean. The total content of syringic acid (SA) was much higher, but that of other five phenolic acids were lower in wheat than in faba bean. The in vitro addition of these phenolic acids revealed that cinnamic acid (CA), p-hydroxybenzoic acid (PHBA), benzoic acid (BA), vanillic acid (VA) and ferulic acid (FA) exhibited significant promoting effects and SA...

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