A Novel Class of Pre-Emergent Herbicides
The University of California is seeking industrial partners to commercialize a novel class of herbicidal compounds, the DHC’s. The DHC’s were developed by a major producer of ag chemicals. This company decided to follow different leads and recently donated patents applications claiming the DHC’s as well as a significant amount of DHC formulation and test data to the University of California.
The DHC’s show great promise as pre-emergent herbicides in numerous crops. Testing has identified corn, peanuts and sugarcane as primary candidate crops. The DHC’s have desirable environmental characteristics and effective lead compounds are halogen-free. The DHC’s are cost-efficient to produce and are effective at similar use rates as pre-emergent herbicides currently on the market.
The University of California is initiating research to further test the DHC’s and investigate their potential in various crops.
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