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Defoliation: The process of separation of ripened leaves from a branch or stem, this type of falling or shedding of the leaves is commonly known as defoliation. There are many reasons why leaves may be lost, the possible causes include chemicals, pests, diseases, environment and (for deciduous trees and shrubs) autumn and also, to destroy narcotic-producing plants as a tactic against illegal drug production. The chemical defoliating agents are often sprayed over large areas from airplanes.
Defoliation can be productive or destructive. There are several areas where plants grow (roots, leaves, culm, rhizomes, stolons, and crown). But regrowth from the leaves is most important for efficient regrowth after defoliation. For optimal regrowth following defoliation there must be cell division and expansion in certain meristem systems.
Related Journals of Defoliation
Journal of Plant Pathology & Microbiology, Journal of Plant Biochemistry & Physiology, Plant Physiology & Pathology, Russian Journal of Plant Physiology, Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, Tropical Plant Biology, Tropical Plant Pathology, Zhiwu Shengli Xuebao/Plant Physiology Journal, American Journal of Plant Physiology.