2,4,5-T, Trichlorophenol, Pentachlorophenol, and Polychlorinated Dibenzofurans

  • Alastair Hay
Part of the Disaster Research in Practice book series (DRP)


The current advocacy of the merits of 2,4,5-T by representatives of the chemical industry and government departments responsible for agriculture would carry more weight if the herbicide was unique, which it is not. 2,4,5-T was developed in the wake of the identification of the plant growth hormones, auxins. It was the observation that high concentrations of the growth hormones were toxic to plants which led to the development of synthetic acids for weedkillers of which 2,4,5-T is one. The herbicide is an effective killer of broad-leafed plants but relatively innocuous where cereals and grasses are concerned.


Phenoxy Acid Swedish Natural Science Research Council Toxic Dioxin Ammonium Sulfamate Sulphur Trioxide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alastair Hay
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  1. 1.Department of Chemical PathologyThe University of LeedsLeedsEngland

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