Agribusiness: Habitat herbicide receives label for aquatic weed control

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – BASF’s Professional Vegetation Management group announced that Habitat herbicide has received full label approval from EPA. Habitat herbicide is labeled for controlling undesirable emergent, shoreline and woody wetland aquatic vegetation in and around standing and flowing water.

Habitat herbicide is a systemic herbicide that delivers down-to-the-roots aquatic and riparian weed control, enabling users to cost-effectively reclaim and maintain waterways and wetlands that have lost value due to emergent invasive species.

“Aquatic and riparian areas are increasingly vulnerable to the damaging effects of invasive species,” said Scott Peoples, senior marketing manager, BASF ProVM. “Habitat can be a powerful tool to protect and reclaim these areas and thereby improve habitat and land values.”

Habitat herbicide provides intelligent vegetation control by affecting enzymes found only in plants, not in humans, animals, birds, fish or insects. Habitat herbicide is readily absorbed through leaves, stems and roots and is translocated rapidly throughout the plant, with accumulation in the meristematic regions. Treated plants stop growing soon after spray application. Necrosis becomes evident about two weeks after treatment with final death of the treated weeds dependent on size, species treated and weather conditions at application.

Habitat herbicide is applied using low volume spray techniques, which results in more effective and efficacious control and often reduces the need for multiple applications.

“By applying Habitat herbicide, applicators and government agencies can more cost-effectively and efficiently manage invasive species in aquatic environments and riparian areas to allow the native habitat to thrive,” said Peoples. “As a result, they will be able to reclaim and maintain wetlands and waterways that have lost their value.” Habitat herbicide effectively controls many unwanted, invasive floating, emergent and woody wetland weeds, including: water hyacinth, water lettuce, duckweed, alligatorweed, American lotus, cattail, water lily, phragmites, torpedo grass, purple loosestrife, water primrose, giant reed, Brazilian pepper, willow, Chinese tallow tree, melaleuca and saltcedar.

Applicators need to carefully follow label guidelines in order to ensure effective control of target weed species and reduce the possibility of any off-target impact. First-time users of Habitat herbicide should contact their BASF technical representative for assistance prior to application to develop an application plan and project guidelines.

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