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Nitrogen metabolism inhibitor herbicides

VI. Nitrogen metabolism inhibitors (SOA 10)

The nitrogen metabolism inhibitors include the phosphorylated amino acid family herbicides. The herbicide, glufosinate, is included in this family.

  • Glufosinate (Liberty) is a broadspectrum postemergence contact herbicide that has no soil activity.
  • Glufosinate inhibits the activity of the glutamine synthetase enzyme that is necessary for the plant to convert ammonia into other nitrogen compounds.
  • Glufosinate has limited translocation, so uniform leaf coverage and application over small weeds generally provides the best performance.
  • Glufosinate application during active growing conditions, including bright sunny days, high relative humidity and warm temperatures (between 65 and 85°F), improves weed efficacy.
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