About 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid
2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid is an herbicide with irritant effects on the eye and the gastrointestinal system.
2, 4-D is a member of the phenoxy family of herbicides, which include; 2, 4-D is a synthetic auxin, which is a class of plant hormones. It is absorbed through the leaves and is translocated to the meristems of the plant. Uncontrolled, unsustainable growth ensues, causing stem curl-over, leaf withering, and eventual plant death. 2, 4-D is typically applied as an amine salt, but more potent ester versions exist as well. 2, 4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (usually referred to by its abbreviation, 2, 4-D) is a common systemic pesticide/herbicide used in the control of broadleaf weeds. It is one of the most widely used herbicide in the world, and the third most commonly used in North America. 2, 4-D is a synthetic auxin (plant hormone), and as such, it is often used in laboratories for plant research and as a supplement in plant cell culture media such as MS medium. It was a major ingredient in Agent Orange alongside its chemically similar relative, 2, 4, 5-T (2, 4, 5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid).