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A mycoherbicide is a herbicide based on a fungus. As a biological agent, these `mycoherbicides . . . work by producing toxic compounds that dissolve the cell walls of targeted plants. Unlike traditional herbicides, mycoherbicides can reproduce themselves and linger in the soil for many years to destroy replanted crops.[1]

Commercial weed control products

These include:

Drug plants

In the United States House of Representatives, the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 2006 (H.R. 2829) passed with the inclusion of language to initiate research into the use of mycoherbicides against drug crops in foreign countries. In particular, the U.S. is considering using Fusarium oxysporum as a mycoherbicide against coca plants in Colombia.[citation needed] The United States Senate is currently drafting its own version of the bill.[needs update][citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ Otis, J. (2007). "'Franken-fungus' push in drug war greeted by fear". Houston Chronicle.

External links

  • Fact Sheet on Mycoherbicide Cooperation- Center for International Policy
  • Wired article about mycoherbicide use against coca plants
  • Drug Control or Biowarfare? About mycoherbicide use against coca plants in Colombia
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