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BASF reveals crop protection pipeline

BASF is on track to launch innovations from its crop protection pipeline with projected peak annual sales of €3.5 billion ($4.3 billion at the current rate) by 2027.

BASF is on track to launch innovations from its crop protection pipeline with projected peak annual sales of €3.5 billion ($4.3 billion at the current rate) by 2027. Active ingredients from all product categories have reached advanced development phases, the company says.

BASF highlights its new fungicide, mefentrifluconazole (trade-marked as Revysol), for which registrations are proceeding in the EU, the US and Brazil. It is the first isopropanol-azole with outstanding biological performance, the company says. It adds that the ai will be an essential tool for resistance management in many important crops, including cereals, soybeans and maize, as well as in fruits and vegetables. Pending regulatory approval, first market introductions are expected in 2019. BASF estimates peak annual sales potential at over €1 billion ($1.2 billion).

Global registration is also proceeding for the insecticide, afidopyropen (trade-marked as Inscalis), which is being co-developed with the Japanese company, Meiji Seika Pharma. The ai is meant to protect a wide range of crops from piercing and sucking insect pests. Pending regulatory approval, the first Inscalis-based products are expected to be launched in 2018 in numerous countries worldwide. The company has opened a facility in France for the manufacture of the insecticide.

Another new insecticide, broflanilide, being co-developed with the Japanese company, Mitsui Chemicals Agro, has a novel mode of action (IRAC Group 30). It is targeted at chewing insects such as beetles and caterpillars in specialty and field crops. The ai will also have seed treatment applications and uses for the control of ants, cockroaches and flies in professional pest management markets. Broflanilide will be launched in key regions in 2020.

Two new herbicides are being prepared for regulatory submission in 2018, with two more advancing in early discovery. These first two chemistries have been specifically developed to control resistant grass weeds, one primarily for blackgrass (Alopecurus myosuroides) and the other for key grass and broadleaf weeds, BASF says.

The company is to introduce its non-genetically modified herbicide-tolerant Provisia rice system in the US this year. Provisia will provide rice farmers with a new tool for post-emergence control of a broad range of grass weeds, it says.

In the area of public health, BASF is preparing to launch the chlorfenapyr insecticide-treated mosquito net, Interceptor G2, following its recommendation by the UN WHO. A second chlorfenapyr product, Sylando 240SC, an indoor residual spray to coat walls and ceilings of homes, is under WHO evaluation.

The company is also planning to introduce several tools in 2018 under its online platform for crop management decisions, Maglis. Maglis Customer Navigator will provide farmers with more convenient decision support and reduce the complexity in managing crop protection product selection and purchasing activities. The tool will be launched in the second half of 2018 in three countries in eastern Europe. Maglis Farm Navigator will enable farmers to optimise their farm operations on a continuous basis including analysis and forecast of field practices. Maglis Agronomic Advice will provide agronomic risk evaluation and market insights to make more informed choices during the season. This tool will be piloted in different countries globally in 2018.

BASF also points to the planned acquisitions from Bayer. “The seed and trait research and development capabilities we plan to acquire from Bayer will further strengthen our innovation potential in relevant markets and key crops,” says the president of BASF’s crop protection division, Markus Heldt. “They will also provide direct market access for our own trait discovery research,” he adds. In October 2017, BASF agreed a deal with Bayer to acquire its Crop Science division’s glufosinate-ammonium herbicide and selected seed businesses including genetically modified LibertyLink products.

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