What are surfactants?
Surfactants such as polyethoxylated tallow amine (POEA) are used with a wide range of herbicidal products. Surfactants enhance the uptake of the active ingredients across the waxy cuticle of plants which means that less herbicide can be applied to achieve the same weed control effect 2, 4.
Similar substances are also used in many other areas of daily life, e.g., cleaning hard surfaces, as acid thickeners, emulsifiers, dispersants, antistatic agents, textile softeners and lubricants. Amine ethoxylates are for instance mixed into in mill-processing formulations in the fabrications of metal and textile products, as wetting agents for asphalt, and as frothing agents for ore flotation.
- Do polyethoxylated tallow amine surfactants in herbicides pose a risk to aquatic organisms?
- Do ethoxylated tallow amine surfactants in herbicides pose a risk to humans?
Last update: 25 October 2012