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- n. The aliphatic halogenated hydrocarbon, CH3I, that is used in organic synthesis to introduce a methyl group into compounds.
California (and other) strawberry growers are pushing for permission to inject the soil fumigant methyl iodide (commonly called iodomethane) to produce truckloads of those luscious red berries sold in US markets, year-round.
USEPA's risk assessment of iodomethane for this application is summarized here.
This change-over is in spite of a relatively high human health hazard associated with iodomethane.