Nine ais gain extended EU approval periods
The European Commission has confirmed that existing EU approval periods will be extended until April 30th 2018 for nine active ingredients. The 14-month extensions were cleared in April and are to allow more time for procedures to be completed to renew the approvals (Agrow No 687, p 17). The ais include AgraQuest’s (now Bayer CropScience’s) biofungicide, Bacillus subtilis strain QST 713, BASF’s fungicide, metrafenone, Dow AgroSciences’ insecticide, spinosad, and Syngenta’s insecticide, thiamethoxam. The other five long-established ais are the herbicides, clodinafop and rimsulfuron, the insecticide, pirimicarb, and the fungicides, tolclofos-methyl and triticonazole.