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J R Simplot/Iden agree GM potatoes research deal

US agribusiness company J R Simplot and Spanish company Iden Biotechnology (Pamplona) have agreed to explore the potential for nutritional enrichment in potatoes.

Nufarm to acquire FMC cereal herbicides in Europe

Nufarm has agreed to acquire certain cereal herbicides from FMC for $85 million plus inventory valued at some $5 million.
FMC Nufarm

Arysta/DowDuPont partner on seed treatments

DowDuPont has entered into a global seed treatment collaboration with Platform Specialty Products’ agrochemical business, Arysta LifeScience. 
Deals Arysta LifeScience

Broad Institute licenses gene editing technology to Syngenta

The US non-profit research organisation, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, has granted Syngenta a non-exclusive licence to its CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology for agricultural applications. 
Deals Syngenta

Adama/Ceradis agree agchem products deal

Adama has agreed an agrochemical delivery research and development deal with Dutch crop protection company Ceradis (Wageningen).
Deals Adama Agricultural Solutions

Mergers, acquisitions and deals in 2017

A monthly listing of the mergers, acquisitions and deals in 2017, with links to the original articles.

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Sumitomo acquires Botanical Resources Australia

Sumitomo Chemical has acquired 82.9% of shares in Australian pyrethrin insecticide company Botanical Resources Australia (BRA - Ulverstone) and its affiliated companies (the BRA group).
M&A Sumitomo Chemical

Russia extends Bayer/Monsanto acquisition review

Bayer’s proposed acquisition of Monsanto would create substantial risks of restriction of competition in Russia, according to the country’s Federal Anti-monopoly Service (FAS).

M&A Russian Federation

Another extension for EU inquiry into Bayer/Monsanto deal

The provisional decision deadline for the European Commission’s in-depth inquiry into Bayer’s proposed acquisition of Monsanto has been extended to March 5th 2018, following a previous extension earlier this year. 
M&A Bayer Crop Science

Syngenta to acquire Nidera

ChemChina-owned Syngenta has agreed to acquire the Argentine seed supplier, Nidera Semillas.

M&A Nidera

SGS acquires BioVision Seed Research

Swiss inspection, verification, testing and certification company SGS has acquired the Canadian seed, grain and soil testing firm, BioVision Seed Research (Sherwood Park, Alberta). 

FMC completes DuPont agchem asset purchase

FMC completed the acquisition of certain crop protection assets from DuPont (part of DowDuPont) as expected on November 1st.
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Dhanuka up 11% in first quarter

Indian agrochemical company Dhanuka Agritech recorded a net sales increase of 11.4% to Rs 3,480.2 million ($53.4 million at the current rate) in its second quarter ended September 30th 2017.

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Excel Crop Care up 28% in second quarter

Indian agrochemical company Excel Crop Care's (Mumbai) revenues increased by 27.5% to Rs 3,847.5 million ($59 million at the current rate) in its second quarter ended September 30th 2017.
Financial Results

MBI sales up 16% in Q3

The US biopesticide company, Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI - Davis, California), posted a 16.1% increase in revenues to $4.2 million in the third quarter of 2017.

Financial Results Marrone Bio Innovations

Isagro agchem sales up 9% in Q3

Italian agrochemical company Isagro (Milan) posted an 8.8% rise in agrochemical sales to €25.1 million ($29.2 million at the current rate) in the third quarter of 2017.
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Rallis sales flat in second quarter

Rallis India recorded almost flat sales (+0.3%) at Rs 5,878.7 million ($90.4 million at the current rate) in its second quarter ended September 30th 2017.
Financial Results Rallis India

Nissan’s agchem sales up 21% in Q2

Nissan Chemical’s consolidated agrochemical sales (including some veterinary products) rose by 21.3% to ¥11,546 million ($102.9 million at the current rate) in the three months to September 30th 2017.
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Taminco and Arysta in confidentiality case against EFSA

A lawsuit disputing the confidentiality of data on proposed hazard classifications in a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) peer review of the fungicide, thiram, has been initiated by Belgian chemical company Taminco and Arysta LifeScience. 
Legal EFSA

Monsanto sues US Arkansas regulators over XtendiMax ban

Monsanto has sued the US state of Arkansas’ State Plant Board for restricting use of its dicamba-based XtendiMax herbicide. It argues that the 18-member regulatory panel lacked the authority to impose the restrictions.

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US peach farmer presses court to expand dicamba litigation

A US peach farmer is trying to add BASF to a lawsuit that alleges Monsanto is liable for crop damage from dicamba drift, claiming the two companies conspired to rush dicamba-tolerant crops and companion herbicides to market and profit from the resulting "ecological disaster".
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Syngenta settles US GM maize class actions

Syngenta (owned by ChemChina) has tentatively agreed to settle thousands of lawsuits brought by farmers who alleged that the company's commercialisation of new genetically modified maize traits caused US maize prices to drop and disrupted exports.

United States Legal

Syngenta wins another US azoxystrobin patent case

A US court has awarded Syngenta damages over the infringement of a third patent for the strobilurin fungicide, azoxystrobin, by US generic agrochemical company Willowood (Roseburg, Oregon). 
Legal Syngenta

Dow appeals $455 million patent dispute to US Supreme Court

Dow AgroSciences (part of DowDuPont) has asked the US Supreme Court to review and reverse a federal court ruling that requires it to pay Bayer’s Crop Science division some $455 million for violating a patent agreement related to a gene used to convey tolerance to the herbicide, glufosinate-ammonium. 

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Integrated approach will be the future of crop protection

Crop protection is trending towards an increasingly integrated approach that combines chemicals, biologicals and new application technologies.

Staphyt sets up second centre in Hungary

French contract research company Staphyt (Inchy-en-Artois) has set up a new seed station in Hungary at Lengyeltóti.

DowDuPont’s Mycogen Seeds facility to close in 2018 - correction

DowDuPont’s Dow AgroSciences’ seed business Mycogen Seeds Iowa facility is to close in the spring of next year.

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Staphyt sets up base in Russia

French contract research company Staphyt (Inchy-en-Artois) has expanded its operations to Russia with the establishing of a seed station at Grishin near Volgograd.

Adama Canada opens new HQ

ChemChina subsidiary Adama Agricultural Solutions’ Canadian business, Adama Canada, has opened a new headquarters in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 
Operations Adama Agricultural Solutions

Nufarm bullish on Europe after Syngenta/Adama assets deal

Nufarm’s agreement with Syngenta and Adama Agricultural Solutions to acquire a portfolio of the two companies’ crop protection products in the European Economic Area (EEA) will consolidate the Australian company’s position as a leading post-patent supplier in Europe, it says. 
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Arysta LifeScience

Platform Specialty Products’ agrochemical business, Arysta LifeScience, has appointed Hildo Brilleman as chief executive officer of its Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region, effective January 1st 2018.



Norwegian biological products company, Agrinos (Oslo), has appointed Kevin Helash as chief executive officer.

Eurofins Agroscience Services

Contract research company Eurofins Agroscience Services has appointed Rashid Ahmad as an exclusive representative in Malaysia.



The US agrochemical distributor, Wilbur-Ellis (Walnut Creek, California), has appointed John Buckley as president and chief executive effective January 1st 2018.



Israeli biopesticide company Stockton (Tel Aviv) has appointed Bertrand Desbrosses as vice-president of business development and portfolio management.


Inocucor Technologies

The Canadian agricultural biologicals company, Inocucor Technologies (Montreal, Quebec), has appointed Tim Sturm as executive vice-president of marketing and sales, and chief commercial officer. 
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