Pigment Inhibitor Herbicide Injury


Detrimental affects are more likely to occur on broadleaf plants that are annual or biennial rather than perennial in their life cycle.


These herbicides inhibit the production of certain photosynthetic pigments in the plant.

Various: clomazone (Command), isoxaflutole (Balance PRO),mesotrione (Callisto and a component of Lumax and Lexar), and tropamezone (Impact).

Characteristics of activity

  • Clomazone is volatile.
  • Translocated in xylem (clomazone) and phloem.

Symptoms of Injury

  • Bleaching or whitening of foliage.
  • Eventual necrosis and plant death possible.  


  • Read and follow all label directions.
  • Use caution when applying herbicides around plants as desirable plants may be sensitive and injury may result.
  • Do not spray when wind speed and direction are such that herbicide drift is likely to occur.
  • Affected plants may or may not survive herbicide drift; it depends on both the degree of exposure and the plant's tolerance to the herbicide.
  • Water plants as needed to promote good plant health.
  • Illinois residents: If you suspect herbicide injury as a result of off-target movement from a nearby application and you are interested in filing a complaint with the Illinois Department of Agriculture, call the Illinois Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Environmental Programs at 1-800-641-3934. To learn more about spray drift and the formal complaint process, visit the Illinois Pesticide Safety Education Spray Drift Resources website.