Influence of mefluidide on growth, development, and cell wall digestibility of sorghum Academic Article uri icon


  • Application of mefluidide (N-[2,4-dimethyl-5-([(trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl]amino) phenyl]acetamide) inhibits plant development in perennial grasses. This study examined the effect of mefluidide on the morphological development and digestibility of sorghum. In the greenhouse, 5.9 10-5 g active ingredient (a.i.) plant-1 applied at the seedling, eight-leaf and boot stages reduced mean plant height 70%, 59%, and 2%, respectively. Heights were also reduced 14%, 15% and 35% by 5.9 10-8, 5.9 10-7 and 5.9 10-6 gram a.i. plant-1 applied at the eight-leaf stage. Field application of 0.26 or 0.52 kg ha-1 mefluidide at either the eight-leaf or flagleaf stage reduced mean plant height of all cultivars. Basal tiller numbers increased 319% 28 d, and dry matter production was reduced 65% 42 d following mefluidide application at the eight-leaf stage. Treated stems were 34% higher and treated leaves were 7% higher in cellulase dry matter digestibility than control plants following mefluidide application at the eight-leaf stage. These results indicate that mefluidide application to vegetative stages in sorghum may enhance the forage value of the plants while it inhibits normal plant growth. 1991 Kluwer Academic Publishers.

published proceedings

  • Plant Growth Regulation

author list (cited authors)

  • Stair, D. W., Hussey, M. A., & Cothren, J. T.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Stair, David W||Hussey, Mark A||Cothren, J Tom

publication date

  • January 1991