Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

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Allelopathic plants 29: Eupatorium adenophorum Sprengel.

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Eupatorium adenophorum is worldwide-spread invasive plant. This review focussed on unique metabolite, Euptox A, released by this plant and its importance in invasion, use and control. Based on previous literature, it is concluded that the mechanism of the invader's success has a close relationship with a special compound, Euptox A. Its release and degradation mostly determines the spread of E. adenophorum. Besides, the control and use of this invasive species should consider the toxicity of Euptox A. This review suggests that the secondary metabolite, Euptox A, might be a key in controlling and using this invasive plant. This review will increase our knowledge of the role of a natural chemical in biological invasion.