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Herbicides, Cinmethylin

  1. Franck E. Dayan,
  2. Joanne G. Romagni,
  3. Stephen O. Duke

Published Online: 15 APR 2003

DOI: 10.1002/047126363X.agr126

Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals

Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals

How to Cite

Dayan, F. E., Romagni, J. G. and Duke, S. O. 2003. Herbicides, Cinmethylin. Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals. .

Author Information

  1. USDA-ARS Natural Products Utilization Research Unit, University, Mississippi

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2003


Cinmethylin was developed by Shell Chemical Company in the early 1980s as a weed control agent for monocotyledonous species. This herbicide controls important grasses, such as green foxtail and barnyardgrass and suppresses the growth of several broadleaf weeds such as prickly sida and velvetleaf. The mode of action of cinmethylin eluded scientists for many years in spite of several efforts by industrial and government research groups. This article will review the development of cinmethylin and its primary use in agriculture, the work that led to the discovery of its mode of action, and the function of the enzyme targeted by this herbicide.


  • cinmethylin;
  • monocotyledonous;
  • asparagines synthetase;
  • weed control agent;
  • mode of action;
  • herbicide;
  • grasses;
  • agrochemicals