EU approval nears for calcium hydroxide
EU member states have supported the proposed approval of calcium hydroxide as a “basic substance” under the EU agrochemical registration Regulation (1107/2009). It is for use as a fungicide on pome fruit. The application was submitted by the European group of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements in 2012. Basic substances are not predominantly used for plant protection purposes, but are useful in plant protection when mixed with water. Many are also classified as foodstuffs. They are eligible for an unlimited approval period, compared with 15 years for “low risk” active ingredients and the standard ten years for most ais.