2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid

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2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic Acid (2,4-D)[edit | edit source]

The molecular structure of 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D).

2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) is an organic compound widely used as a systemic herbicide. It is known for its effectiveness in controlling broadleaf weeds while being less harmful to grasses.

Chemical Properties[edit | edit source]

2,4-D has the chemical formula C8H6Cl2O3 and is classified as a phenoxy herbicide. It is usually produced in various salt and ester forms, which affect its solubility and volatility.

Usage in Agriculture[edit | edit source]

2,4-D is extensively used in agriculture and gardening. It is effective in controlling weeds in cereal crops, lawns, turf, and grasslands. Its selective weed control allows it to target broadleaf weeds without damaging grass species.

Mode of Action[edit | edit source]

Application of herbicides like 2,4-D in an agricultural setting.

2,4-D acts as a growth regulator in plants. It mimics natural plant hormones, causing uncontrolled and unsustainable growth, leading to the death of targeted broadleaf weeds.

Environmental Impact[edit | edit source]

The environmental impact of 2,4-D includes potential risks to non-target plants and aquatic ecosystems. It has been the subject of extensive study and debate regarding its safety and environmental effects.

Safety and Regulations[edit | edit source]

Regulations for the use of 2,4-D vary by country. There are safety guidelines for handling and applying this herbicide to minimize exposure and environmental contamination.

External Links[edit | edit source]

2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid Resources
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