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Germany grants 120-day fipronil use extension

Germany has granted a 120-day exceptional use authorisation for the BASF insecticide, Goldor Bait (fipronil), from February 15th. The approval covers use on potatoes against wireworms ( Limonius spp). Goldor Bait is a granular formulation that is already approved for use on sugar beet. The authorisation allows the use of 100 tonnes of product to treat up to 10,000 ha, around 4% of the national potato area, the federal office for consumer protection and food safety, the BVL, says. It has set use conditions to protect birds and bees. Registered granule applicators must be used to achieve dust-free storage of pellets and prevent drift. German beekeepers were among several to fail in attempts to gain an EU-wide ban on such products ( Agrow No 560, p 9). Some EU member states had suspended the use of fipronil over concerns to bees. A German monitoring study has found no causal relationship between neonicotinoid insecticides and bee mortality ( Agrow No 560, p 11).

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