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Italy extends seed treatment ban

Italy has extended the suspension on the sale and use of neonicotinoid insecticide-based seed treatments for use on maize for a further year. The country suspended several seed treatments last year over concerns that they were contributing to the mass death of bees, termed colony-collapse disorder. Italy suspended BASF’s fipronil-based seed treatments, and those containing Bayer CropScience’s clothianidin and imidacloprid, and Syngenta’s thiamethoxam last year ( Agrow No 553, p 12). The Ministry of Agriculture decided to extend the suspension in September. Court rulings had supported the original suspensions ( Agrow No 561, p 10).

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