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Meiogenix invests in US/European maize improvement project

French biotechnology company Meiogenix (Paris) has invested over $1 million in a research programme involving US and European scientists aimed at improving maize breeding through targeted genetic recombination. 

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Cibus/Rotam advance non-GM rice traits

US technology company Cibus (San Diego, California) has advanced the development of two non-genetically modified herbicide tolerance traits for rice. 

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Bayer/Meiogenix to collaborate on breeding and genome editing for plant nutrition

Bayer's Crop Science division and French genetics biotechnology developer Meiogenix (Paris) are teaming up to accelerate the development of Meiogenix’s proprietary technologies related to plant breeding and genome editing applications.

Bayer Crop Science Deals

Nufarm to market oxyfluorfen in US

Nufarm’s US business, Nufarm Americas, has entered into a distribution agreement with Chinese company Nutrichem to market the oxyfluorfen-based herbicides, GoalTender and Goal 2XL. 

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Adama and STK agree biofungicides distribution deal in Ecuador

ChemChina subsidiary Adama and Israeli biopesticide company STK Bio-ag Technologies have agreed an exclusive distribution deal for two STK Melaleuca alternifolia extract-based biofungicides in Ecuador.

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Mergers, acquisitions and deals in 2020

A monthly listing of the mergers, acquisitions and deals in 2020, with links to the original articles.

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S&W Seed to acquire Pasture Genetics

US seed company S&W Seed (Longmont, Colorado) has agreed to acquire the Australian pasture seed company, Pasture Genetics (Wingfield, South Australia). 

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Valagro buys stake in biostimulants company

Italian biostimulants company Valagro (Atessa) has acquired a stake in biostimulants supplier Mirnagreen.

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Podcast: Implications of ChemChina/Sinochem merger on agchem industry

Agrow’s Sanjiv Rana discussed with Agrow sister publication Chemical Week’s Vincent Valk, the implications for the crop protection industry of the merger of the agricultural businesses of ChemChina and Sinochem.

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Idai Nature acquires Spanish biologicals business AgrichemBio

Portuguese company Rovensa's biostimulant and biocontrols company, Idai Nature (Valencia, Spain), has acquired Agrichem Bio, and Even Agro.

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Mergers, acquisitions and deals in 2020

A monthly listing of the mergers, acquisitions and deals in 2020, with links to the original articles.

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Crystal acquires three insecticide brands from Corteva in India

Indian company Crystal Crop Protection (Delhi) has acquired three insecticide brands from Corteva Agriscience in India.

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Insecticides India Q3 sales rise 22%

Indian company Insecticides India recorded a 21.8% rise in revenues to Rs 2,629 million ($36.7 million at the current rate) in its third quarter ended December 31st 2019.

Insecticides India Financial Results

Syngenta crop protection sales up 2% in 2019

Syngenta's crop protection sales increased by 1.7% to $10,118 million in 2019 compared with the same period of the previous year.

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Nippon Kayaku's agchem sales down in Q3

Japanese company Nippon Kayaku’s agrochemical business “underperformed” in domestic and overseas markets in the third quarter of its fiscal year ending March 31st 2020 compared with the same period a year earlier.

Nippon Kayaku Financial Results

Nissan agchem sales down 7% in Q3

Nissan Chemical’s consolidated agrochemical sales (including some veterinary products) fell by 6.7% to ¥5,572 million ($50.7 million at the current exchange rate) in the three months to December 31st 2019. 

Financial Results Nissan Chemical

Sumitomo agchem sales down in first nine months

Sumitomo Chemical’s crop protection sales declined in the nine months to December 31st 2019 due to the impact of extreme weather in North America. 

Sumitomo Chemical Financial Results

SDS Biotech sales up 1% in Q3

Japanese company Idemitsu Kosan’s agrochemical subsidiary, SDS Biotech, recorded a 1% increase in sales to ¥8,262 million ($75.1 million at the current rate) in the three months to December 31st 2019, which was the third quarter of its fiscal 2020. 

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BASF contests $250 million punitive damage award in US dicamba case

A US federal judge will give BASF an opportunity to convince him that the company should not be liable for any of the $250 million in punitive damages awarded by a federal jury to a Missouri farmer who alleged that his peach orchard was severely damaged by dicamba herbicides.

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US jury hits Bayer and BASF with $265 m fine for dicamba drift

Bayer and BASF have been ordered by a US federal jury to pay damages of $265 million to a Missouri peach farmer who alleged that his crops were ruined by drift from the companies’ dicamba herbicides.

 

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Bayer seeks to overturn California court ruling on glyphosate

Bayer has filed an application with a US state of California appeals court to overturn an $86 million verdict that found it was responsible for a couple’s cancer caused by its glyphosate-based herbicide, Roundup.

Bayer Crop Science Herbicides & PGRs

Bayer mediator "optimistic" about settling thousands of glyphosate lawsuits

Bayer is reportedly confident of reaching a settlement with thousands of plaintiffs seeking damages for exposure to glyphosate herbicide with claims of cancer links.

Bayer Crop Science Legal

German cartel regulator imposes fines on seven agchem wholesalers

Germany's national competition regulator, the Bundeskartellamt (federal cartel office), has imposed fines totalling around €154.6 million ($172 million) on seven wholesalers of crop protection products and their managers.

Germany Policy & Regulation

US EPA supports Bayer in glyphosate cancer verdict appeal

The US EPA has thrown its support behind Bayer legacy company Monsanto in the glyphosate case, saying that the judgment of the US District Court for the Northern District of California awarding damages against the company should be dismissed.

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Equinom closes $10 m Series B funding

Israeli seed breeding start-up business Equinom has closed its Series B round of $10 million of funding.

Operations

Eurofins completes roll-out of field stations in Brazil

Contract research company Eurofins Agroscience Services (EAS) has established its third field station in Parana state, Brazil.

Operations

Staphyt receives GEP certification in Morocco

French contract research company Staphyt (Inchy-en-Artois) has received GEP certification in Morocco.

Operations

SGS launches soil microbiological analysis service

Swiss inspection, verification, testing and certification company SGS has launched a soil microbiological analysis service, employing microbial biomass and soil respiration indicators.

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MBI biopesticides cut greenhouse gas emissions

US biopesticide company Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI - Davis, California) says that switching to its products from conventional chemical pesticides would, on average, result in net reductions of greenhouse gas emissions of 69-91% or 39-46 kg of carbon dioxide equivalents per acre per year. 

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Corteva to stop chlorpyrifos production

Corteva Agriscience will phase out the production of the insecticide, chlorpyrifos, this year.

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Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

The Canadian non-profit organization, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Lincoln, Ontario), has appointed Hussam Haroun as director of automation.

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MFG Chemical

US specialty chemical company MFG Chemical (Dalton, Georgia) has appointed Paul Turgeon as president and CEO. He succeeds Keith Arnold who has held the position since 2017.

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Certis USA

Japanese company Mitsui & Co’s US biopesticide subsidiary, Certis USA (Columbia, Maryland), has appointed Amy O’Shea as president and she will assume the role of chief executive officer on July 1st.

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Calyxt

French genomics company Cellectis’ US plant science subsidiary, Calyxt (Minneapolis, Minnesota), has appointed Dr Bobby Williams to the newly created role of director of gene editing. 

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PrecisionHawk

US drone technology company PrecisionHawk has appointed James Norrod as its chief executive officer.

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Nufarm

Nufarm has appointed Hildo Brilleman as its regional general manager for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EuMEA) region.

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