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is a herbicide.
643.3°C at 760 mmHg
1.93E-16mmHg at 25°C
Mesotrione is a herbicide that works by inhibiting 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase (HPPD), a crucial enzyme for the biosynthesis of carotenoid in plants. Mesotrione is also a synthetic analog of l epospermone.
It is a synthetic analog of leptospermone developed to mimic the effects of this natural herbicide. Mesotrione is a member of the class of HPPD inhibitors, which all work by inhibiting the plant enzyme 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase. In plants, HPPD is necessary for carotenoid biosynthesis; carotenoids in turn protect chlorophyll from being degraded by sunlight. When an HPPD inhibitor is sprayed on a plant, it prevents carotenoid from being made, chlorophyll degrades and the plant dies.