Chlormequat and mepiquat are active ingredients for pesticides that are approved in the European Union and used for conventional wheat cultivation. As growth regulators, they have the ability to retard the growth of the length of the cells, which results in a shorter stalk in grains. With the shortened stalk, the wheat gains improved resistance to environmental factors such as wind and precipitation.
In fruit and vegetable production, the use of chlormequat and mepiquat promotes the formation of blossoms and fruits, while also reinforcing the stem, which prevents the fruit from falling prematurely. However, this kind of application is prohibited in the EU.
The maximum residue levels for chlormequat and mepiquat are defined in the pesticide regulation (EC) No. 396/2005. If you have any further questions about this or if you are interested in getting your food tested, then we will gladly be of assistance.