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PCNB (Quintozene, Pentachloronitrobenzene)

General Information

  • Fact Sheet: PCNB.pdf
  • Product Names:
  • Chemical Class: Organochlorine fungicide
  • Uses: Control of diseases in vegetables (predominantly green beans and cole crops), field crops (cotton, potatoes, and peanuts), and seeds (seed treatments of barley, beans, corn, cotton, oats, peas, peanut, rice, safflower, sorghum, soybean, sugar beet, and wheat);also used on turf (golf courses, sod farms, commercial and industrial turf, and residential lawns) and ornamentals.
  • Alternatives: Organic agriculture, Organic lawn care
  • Beyond Pesticides rating: Toxic

Health and Environmental Effects

  • Cancer: Possible (10)
  • Endocrine Disruption: Not documented
  • Reproductive Effects: Not documented
  • Neurotoxicity: Not documented
  • Kidney/Liver Damage: Yes (4)
  • Sensitizer/ Irritant: Yes (18)
  • Birth/Developmental Yes (27)
  • Detected in Groundwater: Yes (4)
  • Potential Leacher: Yes (4)
  • Toxic to Birds: Yes (20)
  • Toxic to Fish/Aquatic Organisms: Yes (4)
  • Toxic to Bees: Not documented

Additional Information