First EU approvals for basic substances
The European Commission has confirmed the first EU agrochemical approvals in the new category of “basic substances”. Authorisations for German company ChiPro’s chitosan hydrochloride and French task force Institute Technique de l’Agriculture Biologique’s Equisetum arvense will come into effect on July 1st and run for an unlimited period. Basic substances are not predominantly used for agrochemical purposes but are considered to be “useful” in plant protection. Chitosan hydrochloride is for use as a plant elicitor on all crops. E arvense has desiccating and elicitor effects and some fungistatic compounds. The approvals were voted through by the EU regulatory committee earlier this year (Agrow No 686, p 10).