Mesotrione Crop Safety – 2011

Research Summary Abstract

From 2007 to 2011, IR-4 completed 144 trials on Mesotrione SC.  The data contained in this report was generated to register uses of mesotrione on and around ornamental horticulture plants with over-the-top applications. The mesotrione rates were 0.187, 0.25 and 0.37 pounds active ingredient per acre (lb ai per A) as the 1X, 1.5X and 2X rates. Mesotrione SC had been applied to 48 plant genera or species. Of these, nine exhibited no or minimal transient injury after application at all three rates. Twenty one crops exhibited significant phytotoxicity at even the lowest rate: Buddleia davidii, Cortaderia selloana, Dianthus gratianopolitanus, Echinacea purpurea, Hydrangea quercifolia, Ilex sp., Lagerstroemia indica, Liriope sp., Ophiopogon sp., Phlox paniculata, Phlox subulata, Picea sp., Pseudotsuga menziesii, Rosa sp., Salvia sylvestris, Spiraea sp., Taxus sp., Thuja occidentalis, Veronica sp., Viburnum sp., and Vinca sp.

 

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