- Zineb (zinc ethylene
bisdithiocarbamate) belongs to thiocarbamate group and has the widest
application in protection of tobaccos, vegetables and fruits.
- Zineb is registered
as a general use pesticide by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Some trade names
include Zinc ethylenebisdithiocarbamate (EBDC), Chem Zineb, Devizeb,
Discon-Z, Dithane Z-78, Lodaco, Mancozan, Parazate, Parzate, Tiezene,
Zebtox, Ziden, Zinosan, Aspor, Dipher, Hexathane, Kypzin and Lonacol.
- Zineb is a
light-colored powder or crystal. It decomposes when exposed to light,
heat, and moisture.
- Zineb is produced by
reacting ethylene bis(dithiocarbamate) sodium salt, nabam, with zinc
sulfate. This can be carried out by mixing nabam and zinc sulfate in the
- Zineb is used to
protect fruit and vegetable crops from a wide range of foliar and other
diseases. It is available in the U.S. as wettable powder and dust
- Zineb is an organic
fungicide from the thiocarbamate group, which after some time, depending
on climatic conditions, disintegrates to elementary zinc.Zineb uses for
eradication of wheat rust on grapevine, potatoes, hops, tobacco and
tomato, than for eradication of rust disease and cause of spots on
different farm and truck farm cultures.
- Zineb is also used
for eradication of sooty scabs on apples and pears, as well as porosity
of leaves, monilia on peach, plum, cherry and apricot.
- Zineb that contains
zinc and which is used for protection of fruit, vegetables and tobacco
in order to suppress phytopathogenic and saprophytic fungi, induces
recessive, lethal X-linked mutations in all germ cell lines (in
premeiotic - spermatocytes as well as in postmeiotic - spermatids and
- Zineb plays vital
roles in vision, epithelial differentiation, growth, reproduction,
pattern formation during embryogenesis, bone development, hematopoiesis
and brain development. It is also important for the maintenance of the
proper functioning of the immune system.
- Zineb can irritate
the eyes on contact. Skin contact can cause irritation. Prolonged
exposure may cause redness and a skin rash.
- Inhaling Zineb can
irritate the nose and throat causing coughing and wheezing.
Exposure to Zineb can cause headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.
- The residues of Zineb
in food and fodder are harmful and can also go through soil and leach
into the ground water.
- Zineb is closely
related to another fungicide, maneb, as they are both in the same
chemical class, ethylene-bis dithiocarbamates (EBDCs).
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