Carbofuran, chemical name 2,3-dihydro-2,2-dimethyl-7-benzofuranyl methylcarbamate and CAS number is 1563-66-2, is a white crystalline solid with a slightly phenolic odour. It is a systemic insecticide, which means that the plant absorbs it through the roots, and from here the plant distributes it throughout its organs where insecticidal concentrations are attained.