Last updated: May 12, 2022

What Does Phosphonate Mean?

Phosphonates (phosphonic acids) are a broad family of organic molecules related to phosphorus. A variety of phosphonates occur naturally in many organisms, including plants.


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Cell signaling, metabolism of cell membrane molecules, and the biological synthesis of naturally produced antibiotics are the primary metabolic functions of phosphonates in organisms. Some bacteria, fungi, and yeasts can break down phosphonates to use as a food source and/or a form of usable phosphorus.

Phosphonates are highly soluble in water, exhibit strong adsorption, have the ability to chelate metal ions, and the ability to modify hard-water deposits. They show resistance to corrosion and oxidation, and remain stable under harsh conditions such as acidity and extreme temperatures. Phosphonates are also compatible with other chemicals and components in detergents.

Many commercial products contain phosphonates, including glyphosate, the herbicide Roundup, and ethephon, which is a widely used plant growth regulator.



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