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Dicamba Usage And Synthesis
  • DescriptionDicamba is a benzoic acid derivative used as a broad-spectrum herbicide. Dicamba can be used to control the annual and perennial rose weeds in grain crops and highlands, to control brush and bracken in pastures as well as legumes and cacti. It kills broadleaf weeds both before and after they sprout. Dicamba takes effect through stimulating the outgrowth of plant, which causes the exhaustion of nutrients supplies and plant death. This is based on the nature of Dicamba, which is a synthetic mimic of natural auxin (a plant hormone used for simulating plant growth). Upon response to this kind of herbicide, the plant develops abnormalities such as leaf epinasty, leaf abscission, and growth inhibition of the root and shoots. Overall, the effects of auxinic herbicides can be divided into three consecutive phases in the plant: first, stimulation of abnormal growth and gene expression; second, inhibition of growth and physiological responses, such as stomatal closure; and third, senescence and cell death.
  • ReferencesGrossmann, Klaus. "Mode of action of auxin herbicides: a new ending to a long, drawn out story." Trends in Plant Science 5.12(2000):506-8. Grossmann, Klaus. "Auxin herbicides: current status of mechanism and mode of action." Pest Management Science 66.2(2010):113–120. Gleason, Cynthia, R. C. Foley, and K. B. Singh. "Mutant Analysis in Arabidopsis Provides Insight into the Molecular Mode of Action of the Auxinic Herbicide Dicamba." Plos One 6.3(2011):e17245.
  • DescriptionDicamba was introduced in the 1960s and is selective in cereals, corn (Zea mays), sugar cane (Saccharum spp.), asparagus (Asparagus officinalis), and turf for the pre- and post-emergence control of annual and perennial broadleaf weeds. Dicamba exhibits lowto- moderate persistence in most soils. See Table 10 for the nomenclature, chemical structure, and physical and chemical properties of dicamba.
  • UsesSelective, systemic preemergence and postemergence herbicide used to control both annual and perennial broad-leaved weeds, chickweed, mayweed and bindweed in cereals and other related crops.
  • UsesDicamba is mainly used as an herbicide to control weeds, dock, bracken, and brush. Dicamba is frequently applied with other herbicides, including atrazine, glyphosate, imazethapyr, ioxynil, and mecoprop.
  • UsesHerbicide.
  • DefinitionChEBI: A methoxybenzoic acid that is O-methylsalicylic acid substituted by chloro groups at positions 3 and 6.
  • General DescriptionDicamba is a white solid dissolved in a liquid carrier. The carrier is water emulsifiable. The primary hazard is the threat to the environment. Immediate steps should be taken to limit its spread to the environment. Since Dicamba is a liquid Dicamba can easily penetrate the soil and contaminate groundwater and nearby streams. Dicamba can cause illness by inhalation, skin absorption and/or ingestion. Dicamba is used as a herbicide.
  • Reactivity ProfileA halogenated benzoic acid derivative. Carboxylic acids donate hydrogen ions if a base is present to accept them. They react in this way with all bases, both organic (for example, the amines) and inorganic. Their reactions with bases, called "neutralizations", are accompanied by the evolution of substantial amounts of heat. Neutralization between an acid and a base produces water plus a salt. Carboxylic acids with six or fewer carbon atoms are freely or moderately soluble in water; those with more than six carbons are slightly soluble in water. Soluble carboxylic acids dissociate to an extent in water to yield hydrogen ions. The pH of solutions of carboxylic acids is therefore less than 7.0. Many insoluble carboxylic acids react rapidly with aqueous solutions containing a chemical base and dissolve as the neutralization generates a soluble salt. Carboxylic acids in aqueous solution and liquid or molten carboxylic acids can react with active metals to form gaseous hydrogen and a metal salt. Such reactions occur in principle for solid carboxylic acids as well, but are slow if the solid acid remains dry. Even "insoluble" carboxylic acids may absorb enough water from the air and dissolve sufficiently in Dicamba to corrode or dissolve iron, steel, and aluminum parts and containers. Carboxylic acids, like other acids, react with cyanide salts to generate gaseous hydrogen cyanide. The reaction is slower for dry, solid carboxylic acids. Insoluble carboxylic acids react with solutions of cyanides to cause the release of gaseous hydrogen cyanide. Flammable and/or toxic gases and heat are generated by the reaction of carboxylic acids with diazo compounds, dithiocarbamates, isocyanates, mercaptans, nitrides, and sulfides. Carboxylic acids, especially in aqueous solution, also react with sulfites, nitrites, thiosulfates (to give H2S and SO3), dithionites (SO2), to generate flammable and/or toxic gases and heat. Their reaction with carbonates and bicarbonates generates a harmless gas (carbon dioxide) but still heat. Like other organic compounds, carboxylic acids can be oxidized by strong oxidizing agents and reduced by strong reducing agents. These reactions generate heat. A wide variety of products is possible. Like other acids, carboxylic acids may initiate polymerization reactions; like other acids, they often catalyze (increase the rate of) chemical reactions.
  • Health HazardSOLID: Harmful if swallowed.
  • Fire HazardNot flammable.
  • Agricultural UsesHerbicide: Used to control annual and perennial broadleaf weeds in corn, sorghum, small grains, pastures, hay, rangeland, sugarcane, asparagus, turf, grass-seed crops, and non-croplands. It can be applied to the leaves or to the soil. Dicamba controls annual and perennial broadleaf weeds in grain crops and grasslands, and it is used to control brush and bracken in pastures. It will kill broadleaf weeds before and after they sprout. Legumes will be killed by dicamba. In combination with a phenoxyalkanoic acid or other herbicide, dicamba is used in pastures, range land, and non-crop areas such as fence-rows and roadways to control weeds.
  • PharmacologyDicamba is highly mobile in soils and will leach or move upward depending on the flux of the soil water. Adsorption to soils is generally limited, although a few studies using acidic kaolinite and muck soils showed that dicamba was adsorbed to these soils. Adsorption of dicamba is greatest at low soil pHs and is minimal at pHs greater than 6.0. Because dicamba is highly water soluble, it is reasonable to expect that some loss may occur via soil water runoff from the application zone. However, studies conducted by Trichelle et al. (44) showed that such losses were minimal, i.e., less than 5.5% of applied. The rate of dicamba volatilization is not clear, although it is likely that it does occur to some extent. On planchets, approximately 50% of applied dicamba volatilized over a period of 11 weeks. The significance of this result is questionable, because in a similar study using soil, there was no appreciable volatilization (45).
  • Safety ProfileModerately toxic by ingestion. Mutation data reported. When heated to decomposition it emits toxic fumes of Cl-.
  • Environmental FateBiological. In a model ecosystem containing sand, water, plants and biota, dicamba was slowly transformed to 5-hydroxydicamba (10% after 32 days) which slowly underwent decarboxylation (Yu et al., 1975).
    Soil. Smith (1974) studied the degradation of 14C-ring- and 14C-carboxyl-labeled dicamba in moist prairie soils at 25°C. After 4 weeks, >50% of the herbicide degraded to the principal products 3,6-dichlorosalicylic acid and carbon dioxide (Smith, 1974).
    The half-lives for dicamba in soil incubated in the laboratory under aerobic conditions ranged from 0 to 32 days (Altom and Stritzke, 1973; Smith, 1973, 1974; Smith and Cullimore, 1975). In field soils, the half-lives for dicamba ranged from 6 to 10 days with an average half-life of 7 days (Scifres and Allen, 1973; Stewart and Gaul, 1977). The mineralization half-lives for dicamba in soil ranged from 147 to 309 days (Smith, 1974;Smith and Cullimore, 1975). In a Regina heavy clay, the loss of dicamba was rapid. Approximately 10% of the applied dosage was recovered after 5 weeks. At the end of 5 weeks, approximately 28% was transformed to 3,6-dichlorosalicylic acid and carbon dioxide (Smith, 1973a).
    Groundwater. According to the U.S. EPA (1986) dicamba has a high potential to leach to groundwater.
    Plant. Dicamba is hydrolyzed in wheat and Kentucky bluegrass plants to 5-hydroxy- 2-methoxy-3,6-dichlorobenzoic acid and 3,6-dichlorosalicylic acid at yields of 90 and 5%, respectively. The remaining 5% was unreacted dicamba (Broadhurst et al., 1966). Dicamba was absorbed from treated soils, translocated in corn plants and then converted to 3,6- dichlorosalicylic acid, p-aminobenzoic acid and benzoic acid (Krumzdorf, 1974).
    Photolytic. When dicamba on silica gel plates was exposed to UV radiation (λ= 254 nm), it slowly degraded to the 5-hydroxy analog and water solubles (Humburg et al., 1989).
    Chemical/Physical. Reacts with alkalies (Hartley and Kidd, 1987), amines and alkali metals (Worthing and Hance, 1991) forming very water-soluble salts.
    When dicamba was heated at 900°C, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, chlorine, hydrochloric acid, oxygen and ammonia were produced (Kennedy et al., 1972, 1972a).
  • Toxicity evaluationThere is very little metabolism of dicamba in mammals, and most is excreted unchanged in the urine. For example, rat excreted 96% of ingested 14C-dicamba after 24 hours (46). The acute oral LD50 for rat is 1707 mg/kg.
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