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TRADE OR OTHER NAMES: Mecoprop is commonly called MCPP. Trade names include Kilprop, Mecopar,Triester-II, Mecomin-D, Triamine-II (with MCPA and 2.4-DP), Triplet (with 2,4-D and dicamba), TriPower (with MCPA and dicamba), Trimec (with 2,4-D and dicamba), Trimec-Encore (with MCPA and dicamba), and U46 KV Fluid (41, 43).

REGULATORY STATUS: Mecoprop is a general use pesticide (GUP).

INTRODUCTION: Mecoprop is a selective, hormone-type phenoxy herbicide. It is applied postemergence and is used on ornamentals and sports turf, for forest site preparation, and on drainage ditch banks for selective control of surface creeping broadleaf weeds such as clovers, chickweed, lambsquarters, ivy, plantain and others. It is also used on wheat, barley, and oats (41, 43). Mecoprop is absorbed by plant leaves and translocated to the roots. It affects enzyme activity and plant growth (6). It acts relatively slowly requiring three to four weeks for control (43). The U.S. EPA has classified mecoprop as toxicity class III- slightly toxic. Products containing mecoprop bear the Signal Word "Caution" (41). It is available as a liquid concentrate, granules, and is sprayed on fertilizer pellets to produce weed and feed products (45).





It exists as a mixture of two optically active isomers of which one, the R+ form, mecoprop-p is herbicidally active (6). It is stable to heat, hydrolysis, reduction, and oxidation. It is acidic. Solutions of the salts of mecoprop are stable for several years under normal storage conditions. In cooler temperatures, the salt may crystallize out of solution but will re-dissolve on warming (41, 45).

Physical Properties: Properties are of the acid form unless otherwise noted.

Exposure Guidelines: Guidelines are for the acid form unless otherwise noted.


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