Synthesis of New Agrochemicals

  • Paulo Marcos DonateEmail author
  • Daniel Frederico


The constantly growing world population calls for effective means of sustainable food production. This chapter will address some general aspects of the chemical action of products that protect crops against pest attack and the implications of these agrochemicals for the environment. The main types of active ingredients used in agrochemicals and their historical development will be concisely approached. The organic synthesis of original molecules and/or the structural modification of natural products that are already being used in agriculture will also be briefly discussed. This discussion will show some useful and versatile tools to obtain modern molecules with advantageous biological activities in agriculture. Given the need for further advances in crop protection, recently developed agrochemicals that can pave the way for future research, such as nanofertilizers, nanopesticides, and nanobiosensors, will be described. Finally, this chapter will discuss current challenges in the synthesis of agrochemicals, as well as cutting-edge developments in the design and synthesis of new agrochemicals, including the invention of more selective and environmentally friendly active ingredients, which will help to face the ongoing challenges of weed and pest resistance.


Agrochemical Crop protection Pesticide Organic synthesis Structural modification Regulatory norms 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Química da Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e LetrasUniversidade de São PauloRibeirão PretoBrazil
  2. 2.Dinagro Agropecuária Ltda.Ribeirão PretoBrazil

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