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Heterocyclic chemistry in crop protection


Correspondence to: Clemens Lamberth, Department of Research Chemistry, Syngenta Crop Protection AG, Schaffhauserstr. 101, CH-4332 Stein, Switzerland. E-mail:


An overview is given of the significance of heterocycles in crop protection chemistry, which is enormous as more than two-thirds of all agrochemicals launched to the market within the last 20 years belong to this huge group of chemicals. This review focuses on two important aspects of heterocyclic agrochemistry: the different roles of heterocyclic scaffolds in crop protection agents and the major possibilities for their synthesis. © 2013 Society of Chemical Industry