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Potential Damage to Sensitive Landscape Plants from Wood Chips of Aminocyclopyrachlor Damaged Trees

  • Aaron J. Patton (a1), Gail E. Ruhl (a2), Tom C. Creswell (a2), Ping Wan (a3), David E. Scott (a3), Joe D. Becovitz (a3) and Daniel V. Weisenberger (a1)...

Abstract

Applications of aminocyclopyrachlor in 2011 to turf resulted in brown and twisted shoots, leaves, and needles; shoot dieback; and in some cases, death of trees and ornamental plants adjacent to treated turf areas. Our research objective was to determine if a sensitive plant could be injured from wood chips (mulch) obtained from aminocyclopyrachlor-damaged trees, and to quantify movement of aminocyclopyrachlor from contaminated wood chips into soil and its subsequent uptake by roots into landscape plant tissues. Tomatoes were grown under greenhouse conditions and mulched with chipped tree branches collected from honey locust and Norway spruce damaged 12 mo previously by aminocyclopyrachlor. Analysis of tomato tissue for aminocyclopyrachlor residues 32 d after mulching found aminocyclopyrachlor in all mulched tomato plants, which was consistent with observations of epinasty on tomato leaflets. Aminocyclopyrachlor residues ranged from 0.5 to 8.0 ppb in tomato plants while chipped tree branches contained 1.7 to 14.7 ppb. Aminocyclopyrachlor residues in the potting soil below the mulch ranged from below the quantifiable limit to 0.63 ppb, indicating that aminocyclopyrachlor can leach from wood chips into soil, causing plant injury. These results indicate that trees damaged by aminocyclopyrachlor should not be chipped and used for mulch or as an ingredient in compost.

En 2011, aplicaciones de aminocyclopyrachlor en céspedes resultó en tejido aéreo y hojas café y enrolladas, muerte del tejido aéreo, y en algunos casos, la muerte de árboles y plantas ornamentales adyacentes a las áreas tratadas en el césped. El objetivo de nuestra investigación fue determinar si una planta sensible podría ser dañada por una cobertura de chips de madera (mulch) que se obtuvo a partir de árboles dañados con aminocyclopyrachlor, y cuantificar el movimiento de aminocyclopyrachlor desde chips de madera hacia el suelo y su subsiguiente absorción por las raíces de plantas presentes en el paisaje. Plantas de tomate fueron crecidas en invernadero y con cobertura de chips hecha a partir de ramas colectadas de árboles de Gleditsia triacanthos y Picea abies dañados 12 meses antes con aminocyclopyrachlor. El análisis de aminocyclopyrachlor en el tejido de tomate 32 d después de poner la cobertura encontró aminocyclopyrachlor en todas las plantas de tomate con cobertura, lo cual fue consistente con observaciones de epinastia en las hojas de tomate. Los residuos de aminocyclopyrachlor variaron entre 0.5 y 8.0 ppb en plantas de tomate mientras que en las ramas de los árboles fue de 1.7 a 14.7 ppb. Los residuos de aminocyclopyrachlor en la mezcla de suelo de las macetas debajo de la cobertura varió desde niveles por debajo del límite de cuantificación a 0.63 ppb, indicando que aminocyclopyrachlor puede lixiviarse desde los chips de madera al suelo, causando daño en las plantas. Estos resultados indican que árboles dañados con aminocyclopyrachlor no deberían ser usados para producir coberturas o como ingrediente en compost.

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Potential Damage to Sensitive Landscape Plants from Wood Chips of Aminocyclopyrachlor Damaged Trees

  • Aaron J. Patton (a1), Gail E. Ruhl (a2), Tom C. Creswell (a2), Ping Wan (a3), David E. Scott (a3), Joe D. Becovitz (a3) and Daniel V. Weisenberger (a1)...

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