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Goodbye to glyphosate: this non-toxic molecule could replace it

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The end of glyphosate would be near with the discovery of a glucose molecule as effective as this controversial herbicide

Goodbye to glyphosate: this non-toxic molecule could replace it

Scientists from the University of Tübingen discovered a molecule as effective as glyphosate. The name of this compound of natural origin is deoxy sedoheptulosa 7 (7dSh) and attacks the same metabolic process as the controversial glyphosate.

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Klaus Brilisauer, Stephanie Grond, and Karl Forchhammer led the team that came to this discovery, which not only revealed the similarity between 7dSh and glyphosate, but found that this natural substance would not be harmful to humans or animals. So far it has been tested in zebrafish embryos without any contraindications.

The researchers explain that this molecule inhibits the growth of certain types of bacteria, which results in not allowing the plants to grow in the right way. This process is known as the "shikimic acid route".

It's good news to replace this herbicide. However, as Semana Sostenible points out, "the '7dSh' cannot be used yet, as it has not been tested outside the laboratory. Also, the permit is missing to be used as a herbicide."

Brilisauer says that despite the detractors and the widespread use of glyphosate, it will eventually disappear. In statements collected by Semana, the scientist argues that "in any case, glyphosate will disappear in the long term from the market".

Goodbye to glyphosate

The use of glyphosate has sparked heated debates about the effectiveness and the need to use it to end drug trafficking, as well as the health risks that it could produce. Despite having defenders, in 2015, the WHO classified it as a possible carcinogenic agent for humans.

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8600 million kilograms of glyphosate have been spread throughout the world, according to Green Peace, an alarming figure considering the damages and diseases that can be developed. Although many may think that only people who are in contact with the herbicide are those at risk, we are all exposed because different crops are sprayed with glyphosate.

In addition to harming health, this herbicide also affects the environment. Glyphosate contaminates soils and water sources and affects different living beings such as fish, frogs, earthworms, among others.

 

LatinAmerican Post | Marcela Peñaloza
Translated from "Adiós al glifosato: esta molécula no tóxica podría reemplazarlo"

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