Sucrose to gain EU basic approval
Sucrose is close to completing the process for EU agrochemical approval as a basic substance. Such substances are not predominantly used for agrochemical purposes but are considered useful in plant protection. French research institute, Institut Technique de l’Agriculture Biologique (ITAB), submitted its application in April 2013 for use on apples against codling moths (Cydia pomonella) and on sweetcorn against European corn borers (Ostrinia nubilalis).The proposed approval was cleared by the EU regulatory committee in July and requires formal adoption by the European Commission. This would be the second basic substance authorisation for ITAB, which received EU approval for Equisetum arvense earlier this year (Agrow No 690, p 11).