A mycoherbicide is a herbicide based on a fungus.[1][2] As a biological agent, these "mycoherbicides... work by producing toxic compounds that dissolve the cell walls of targeted plants". Unlike traditional herbicides, mycoherbicides can reproduce themselves and linger in the soil for many years to destroy replanted crops.[3]

Commercial weed control productsEdit

These include:[1]

Drug plantsEdit

In the United States House of Representatives, the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 2006 (H.R. 2829) passed with the inclusion of language to initiate research into the use of mycoherbicides against drug crops in foreign countries. In particular, the U.S. is considering using Fusarium oxysporum as a mycoherbicide against coca plants in Colombia.[3] The United States Senate is currently drafting its own version of the bill.[3]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b National Research Council (2011). "2 Biological Control of Undesirable Plants". Feasibility of Using Mycoherbicides for Controlling Illicit Drug Crops. Washington: The National Academies Press. p. 28. doi:10.17226/13278. ISBN 978-0-309-22171-9.
  2. ^ M. Chutia; J.J. Mahanta; N. Bhattacharyya; M. Bhuyan; P. Boruah; T.C. Sarma (2007). "Microbial Herbicides for Weed Management: Prospects, Progress and Constraints". Plant Pathology Journal. 6 (3): 210–218. doi:10.3923/ppj.2007.210.218.
  3. ^ a b c Otis, J. (2007). "'Franken-fungus' push in drug war greeted by fear". Houston Chronicle.

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