Herbicides, Carotenoid Biosynthesis Inhibitors
Published Online: 15 APR 2003
Copyright © 2003 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved.
Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals
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Dayan, F. E. and Duke, S. O. 2003. Herbicides, Carotenoid Biosynthesis Inhibitors. Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals. .
- Published Online: 15 APR 2003
The carotenoid biosynthetic pathway is an important target site for several classes of herbicides. Carotenoid biosynthesis can be stopped by inhibiting a number of key enzymes. Phytoene desaturase (PDS) is the most common target site of herbicides affecting carotenoid production. As a group, these herbicides are considered environmentally safe because they are used at very low concentrations and target an enzyme not found in animals. As a result, fluridone is the most successful aquatic herbicide available to date.
- carotenoid biosynthetic pathway;
- phytoene desaturase;