Hydrogen Cyanamide

Mechanism of Action

Hydrogen cyanamide stimulates cell division and growth in dormant plants, causing budbreak when the plant is on the edge of breaking dormancy. Slight injury of cells may play a role in the mechanism of action. The injury is thought to result in increased permeability of cellular membranes. The injury is associated with the inhibition of catalase, which in turn stimulates the pentose phosphate cycle. Hydrogen Cyanamide iteracts with the cytokinin metabolic cycle, which results in triggering a new growth cycle.