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Robert Birkett

Robert Birkett is a News Reporter writing for Agrow, Agribusiness Intelligence. He specializes in Latin American agrochemical and GM crop sector news.

His publication covers the crop protection industry including pesticides and GM crops. Robert’s major focus is Brazil and Argentina, market movements and regulation changes, and getting first-hand opinions and news from sources in those countries. As well as news, he writes features and conducts interviews.

Robert joined Informa in 2006. Before that he worked as a news reporter on an investment newswire covering UK equities, on a health news publication covering health in the workplace and pharma research, and as staff writer for a US publication in Madrid.
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Italy has granted an emergency use approval to Syngenta for its herbicide, Rifit 500 CE (pretilachlor).
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Russia conditionally approves Bayer takeover of Monsanto

The Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service has conditionally granted approval of Bayer’s proposed acquisition of Monsanto.
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STK and BASF agree Timorex Gold deal for Brazil

Israeli biopesticide company, STK (previously Stockton), and BASF have agreed a distribution deal for the former’s biofungicide, Timorex Gold (Melaleuca alternifolia extract), in Brazil.

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Syngenta gets Revus ST use extension in Canada

Syngenta has been granted a use extension in Canada for its fungicide, Revus (mandipropamid).
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