Molecule of the Week

Carbofuran

October 13, 2008

Carbofuran is a carbamate pesticide that acts as a cholinesterase inhibitor. A Dutch patent first described it for this use in 1964. Europe has banned carbofuran’s use because it is extremely toxic to humans and wildlife. In July, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it intends to seek a ban on all uses of carbofuran in the United States.

Get more information on this molecule from CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service)