Carbendazim is a widely used, broad-spectrum benzimidazole fungicide and a metabolite of benomyl. It is also employed as a casting worm control agent in amenity turf situations such as golf greens, tennis courts etc. and in some countries is licensed for that use only.
Fungicides such as carbendazim, imazalil, iprodione, thiabendazole and benomyl were tested in the past for the control of rambutan postharvest diseases and showed different levels of effectiveness . However, increasing public concern regarding the use of fungicides on fresh produce and its deleterious effect on the environment has hastened efforts to develop alternative disease control measures. Resistance to benomyl by postharvest pathogens was reported by Farungsang et al. On the other hand these fungicides were reported to eradicate the microbial population on the fruit surface, including beneficial microbes that may inhibit opportunistic decay-causing organisms.
The Carbendazim fungicide is used to control plant diseases in cereals and fruits, including citrus, bananas, strawberries, pineapples, and pomes. It is also controversially used in Queensland, Australia on macadamia plantations.