amaranthus retroflexus

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Many varieties found all over the world. Super nutritious and healthy. Whole plant is edible. Can be eaten raw or steamed. Better tasting than spinach. Has greenish, sometimes purplish colored flowers, red stem. Seeds are a world famous grain and food supply used by the Aztecs. Can be made into flour, or put into smoothies etc. Amaranth seed is high in protein, especially lysine and methionine, two essential amino acids that are not often found in grain. Very hardy plant, difficult to kill. An awesome food source. Used for stomach flu, diarrhea, gastroenteritis, excessive menstruation. Seeds better if soaked overnight. Roots can be roasted or boiled as potato alternative. Do not consume if pregnant or lactating. Toxic lookalike- hairy nightshade, whose leaves look the same but stem is hairy and has white nightshade flower.
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Biological control of pigweeds (Amaranthus retroflexus L., A.
Niche partitioning between two phosphoglucoisomerase genotypes in Amaranthus retroflexus. Ecology 65:218-222.
House (1989) demonstrated that predatory soil arthropods were abundant in the root systems of dogfennel, Eupatorium capillifolium (Lam.) Small, and rough pigweed, Amaranthus retroflexus L., present in experimental corn and soybean plantings.
(1982) found that total phenolic content of Helianthus annuus increased with increased nutrient stress, and thus had significant inhibitory effects on seed germination of Amaranthus retroflexus. Stowe and Osborn (1980) found that phenolic allelochemicals were more inhibitory at low nutrient concentrations.
Os tratamentos testados seguiram o esquema fatorial 2 x 5, sendo os fatores a combinacao de duas cultivares de oliveira, 'Arbequina' e 'Ascolano', quatro especies de plantas competidoras, Amaranthus retroflexus, Brachiaria brizantha, Bidens pilosa, Cenchrus echlnatus e um tratamento testemunha (sem competicao).
Adding nitrogen from 40 to 240 ppm increased the biomass of many weed species like wild mustard, Sinapis arvensis, and redroot pigweed, Amaranthus retroflexus, more than wheat and canola.
Redroot pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus L.) and common lambsquarters (Chenopodium album L.) were not found at the low N rate, but had similar densities of 0.4 and 4.7 plants [m.sup.-2] in the medium and high N rates.
Similarly, genetic diversity for phosphoglucoisomerase is apparently maintained in populations of Amaranthus retroflexus by the conjunction of crossing norms of reaction and within-site soil moisture variation (Zangerl and Bazzaz 1984).
The primary weeds at the Nebraska site were redroot pig-weed (Amaranthus retroflexus L.), large crabgrass [Digitaria sanguinalis (L.) Scop.], prostrate spurge [Euphorbia (supina Raf.
Response of corn at leaf stages to shading by redroot pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus L.).