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Laura’s garden is infested with insects and she kept wondering why her next door neighbor Betsy’s garden is not having this problem.

One day morning while going out Laura meets Betsy hurrying to catch her regular bus.

Laura: Good Morning!

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Betsy: Good Morning Laura!

Laura:  Betsy! My garden is full of insects, dear; tell me which insecticide I should use. I can see your garden blooming.

Betsy: “Just go to any shop which sells gardening stuff and ask for 2-ethyl-3,7-dimethyl-6-[4-(trifluoromethoxy)phenoxy]-4-quinolyl methyl carbonate

And off goes Betsy her way. What did she say? Two times ethyl and six times dimethyl?

Chemical names of pesticides are not short and are very complex to remember. In order to simplify ISO has issued common names for pesticides. These names can be used in scientific publications as well throughout the industry.

Now let’s hear what Betsy said again

Betsy: “Just go to any shop which sells gardening stuff and ask for flometoquin

Easier to remember what she said? This is the reason for ISO common names.

ISO common name for for 2-ethyl-3,7-dimethyl-6-[4-(trifluoromethoxy)phenoxy]-4-quinolyl methyl carbonate is flometoquin.

IMDG Code –

For package marking and documentation purpose which ever Dangerous Goods entry in IMDG Code assigned with special provision 274 must have a technical or chemical group name.

The technical name shall be a recognized chemical or biological name, (for those assigned with special provision 318), or other name currently used in scientific and technical handbooks, journals and texts.

In the case of pesticides, only ISO common name(s), other name(s) in the WHO Recommended Classification of Pesticides by Hazard and Guidelines to Classification, or the name(s) of the active substance(s) may be used.

Trade names must not be used for this purpose.

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If interested you may download WHO publication here

One of the best internet site which lists out pesticide common names is

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