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2,6-Dichlorobenzonitrile (DCBN or dichlobenil) is a organic nitrile used as a herbicide. It is a white solid that is soluble in organic solvents. It is classified as a nitrile herbicide, and is used for control of many kinds of weeds in a variety of crops.

Chemistry[edit | edit source]

2,6-Dichlorobenzonitrile is an organic compound with the formula C7H3Cl2N. It is a derivative of benzonitrile, with two chlorine atoms attached to the benzene ring in the 2 and 6 positions. The compound is a white solid that is soluble in organic solvents.

Uses[edit | edit source]

2,6-Dichlorobenzonitrile is used as a herbicide. It is effective against a wide range of weeds, and is used in a variety of crops. It works by inhibiting cell division in the roots of the weed, preventing growth.

Safety[edit | edit source]

Like all herbicides, 2,6-Dichlorobenzonitrile should be handled with care. It can be harmful if swallowed, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin. It can also cause eye irritation. Appropriate personal protective equipment should be worn when handling this chemical.

Environmental Impact[edit | edit source]

2,6-Dichlorobenzonitrile is not readily biodegradable, and can persist in the environment for a long time. It can also leach into groundwater and contaminate drinking water sources. Therefore, its use should be managed carefully to minimize environmental impact.

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