Definition - What does Fungicide mean?

A fungicide is also known as a pesticide that is used to kill or inhibit fungi and their spores. Fungicides help in controlling the damage done by fungal diseases in the agriculture industry—including mildews, rust and blights—and prevent low yield.

Corrosionpedia explains Fungicide

Fungicides are a biocidal type of chemical compound; when eaten or in contact with a human body, they can cause toxicity. They are generally available in spray or powder form, which can be used in households or in the fields to kill fungi that destroy healthy energy-producing cells. Some well-known compounds that are used as fungicides include the following:

  • Nimbin
  • Rosemary oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Oil produced from oregano
  • Jojoba oil
  • Cinnamaldehyde
  • Citronella oil
  • Monocerin

A commonly used ingredient in fungicides is sulfur. Fungicides that are in powder form can contain up to 90% sulfur and are very toxic.

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