Absorption, translocation, exudation, and metabolism of plant growth-regulating substances in relation to residues

  • John W. Mitchell
  • Paul J. Linder
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Part of the Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology book series (RECT, volume 2)


Growth-regulating substances present an unusual problem, from the standpoint of residues, because they are absorbed and translocated by some plants used for food. Crop protectants, such as some insecticides and fungicides, are effective when on the surface of plants, but regulating substances must move into plants to be effective. Leaves, stems, roots, and fruits can absorb regulating chemicals and, once within the plant, these chemicals are moved to the site of action where they induce useful growth responses. Residue problems connected with the use of these substances are complicated, first, since unusually small amounts of compounds are involved, thus making their quantitative estimation difficult; and, second, since many of these substances are metabolized after they are absorbed resulting in metabolites that are not easily identified. These metabolites may be more or less involved in the residue problem than the original compound applied to the plant.


Gibberellic Acid Bean Plant Phenylacetic Acid Molecular Configuration Maleic Hydrazide 
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  • John W. Mitchell
  • Paul J. Linder
    • 1
  1. 1.Crops Research Division, Agricultural Research ServiceU.S. Department of AgricultureBeltsvilleUSA

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