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    Phytotoxic Evaluation of Commercial Pesticide Products Formulated with Low and High Flash Point Hydrocarbon Fluids

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    Low flash point (⩽ 60°C) aromatic hydrocarbon fluids are still widely used in the Agricultural Chemical Industry. The pending HM181 DOT regulation will greatly increase the costs (i.e. handling, shipping, storage, insurance, relabeling) associated with using a 60°C and lower flash point hydrocarbon fluid. Formulators can avoid these cost increases by replacing the low flash hydrocarbon fluids with higher flash material, provided additional phytotoxicity concerns are not posed. A field trial study was designed to measure the change in crop response (phytotoxicity) with respect to a change in flash point.


    Aromatic hydrocarbon fluids, crops, insecticides, phytotoxicity

    Author Information:

    Sandler, RL
    Research Engineer, Exxon Chemical Company, Baytown, Texas

    Chambers, GV
    Senior Research Associate at Exxon Research and Engineering Company, Baytown, Texas

    Verbelen, RA
    Research Associate at Exxon Chemical International Inc., Machelen,

    Herold, A
    Senior Chemist, Greeley Co.,

    Committee/Subcommittee: E35.22

    DOI: 10.1520/STP13004S