Andy briefly served as UK Editor in 1995 and spent a year as North American Editor 1997/98. He has spent much of his career specialising in US legal and regulatory issues. His main focus now is on business and product news.
Andy compiles the annual top 20 ranking of agrochemical companies and monthly round-ups of M&A activity and new active ingredient approvals/launches.
He has a BSc in agricultural botany.
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Latest From Andy Beer
The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved the field testing of genetically modified wheat by the University of Melbourne.
Chinese researchers have used genome editing to produce non-genetically modified wheat with tolerance to sulfonylurea, imidazolinone and aryloxyphenoxy propionate-type herbicides.
The US biopesticide company, Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI – Davis, California), has appointed Canadian crop inputs supplier TerraLink (Abbotsford, British Columbia) to distribute its biofungicide, Regalia Maxx (Reynoutria sachalinensis extract), in western Canada.
The US EPA has notified receipt of an application from BASF to register the herbicide, trifludimoxazin (trade-marked as Tirexor), as a new active ingredient.
Syngenta has introduced the fungicide, Miravis Ace (pydiflumetofen – trade-marked as Adepidyn + propiconazole), in the US for the control of Fusarium head blight (Fusarium graminearum) on wheat.
Swiss biologicals company Andermatt Biocontrol's Canadian subsidiary, Silvar Technologies (Fredericton, New Brunswick), has received Canadian approval for the biostimulant, Rootwin Plus-S, for use on soybeans.