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EU warns biocide firms about impact of Brexit

Applicants for EU approvals or renewals of biocides, including non-crop pesticides, should consider switching their submissions away from the UK, in preparation for its expected date of leaving the EU on March 30th 2019, warns the European Commission.
EU United Kingdom

ECJ confirms that Italian MON810 ban illegal

EU member states may not adopt emergency measures to ban genetically modified food and feed “unless it is evident that there is a serious risk to health or the environment”, says the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
EU European Court of Justice

Irish approval for Dow's sulfoxaflor products

Dow AgroSciences (now part of DowDuPont) has received Irish approval for its sulfoxaflor (trade-marked as Isoclast)-based insecticides, Closer and Transform.
Insecticides Ireland

Spanish region uses AI for olive fly control

The Spanish Andalusia region’s Ministry of Agriculture has launched a pilot scheme using artificial intelligence (AI) techniques for crop protection.

Spain

Belgian Phytofar appeals Wallonia glyphosate prohibition

The Belgian crop protection industry association, Phytofar, has filed a complaint with the country’s highest administrative court, the Conseil d’État, against the decision by the Belgian region of Wallonia to impose restrictions on the use of the herbicide, glyphosate.

Belgium Herbicides & PGRs

French institutes protest non-GMO trials destruction

Three French research institutes have protested the destruction of five field trials of non-genetically modified sunflowers being conducted near Gardouch in the Haute-Garonne region of France.

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North America

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Canada to OK ISK’s tolpyralate

The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has proposed the registration of Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha’s (ISK) herbicide, Tolypyralate 400SC (tolpyralate 400 g/litre), for use on maize, sweetcorn and popcorn.

Herbicides & PGRs Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha

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. 

Legal Dow AgroSciences

US EPA to OK mosquito biopesticide

The US EPA proposes to approve US company MosquitoMate’s (Lexington, Kentucky) mosquito biocontrol product, ZAP Males (Wolbachia pipientis ZAP strain). 
Biologicals United States

Dow to debut Enlist One herbicide in US

Dow AgroSciences (part of DowDuPont) is to introduce the herbicide, Enlist One (2,4-D choline), for use on genetically modified herbicide-tolerant Enlist maize, soybeans and cotton in the US in 2018. 
Herbicides & PGRs Dow AgroSciences

BASF to debut Zidua SC in Canada

BASF is to introduce the herbicide, Zidua SC (Kumiai Chemical’s pyroxasulfone), for use on maize and soybeans in Canada for the 2018 season following its recent registration. 
Herbicides & PGRs Canada

Monsanto presses US state of Arkansas over dicamba ban

Monsanto is urging the US state of Arkansas to reject a call to severely restrict use of the herbicide, dicamba, and warning that it may turn to the courts if the proposal is adopted. 

Operations United States
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South America

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S Am Ag Ministers urge end to EU/Chinese GMO delays

Agriculture Ministers from five South American countries have urged the EU and China to stop delaying import authorisations for genetically modified crops, reports the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). 
South America EU

New acephate sales procedures in Brazil

Growers and agrochemical suppliers in Brazil have to follow new procedures for the commercialisation of acephate insecticide.
Brazil Insecticides

Argentine govt endorses start-up's non-GMO HT soy

Argentine start-up company Bioheuris (Rosario) has received an official endorsement to develop a herbicide-tolerant soybean line through gene editing technology.

Argentina

Adama gets Brazil use extension on insecticide

Adama Agricultural Solutions has been granted a use extension in Brazil for its insecticide, Voraz (methomyl + novaluron).

Brazil Insecticides

Brazil cuts import duty on herbicide intermediate

The Brazilian foreign trade chamber, the Camex, has temporarily cut import taxes on the herbicide intermediate, monoisopropylamine.
Brazil Herbicides & PGRs

Peru agchem market to be 10% up this year

The Peruvian agrochemical market is to rise by 10% this year to some $220 million.
Peru
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Asia

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S Am Ag Ministers urge end to EU/Chinese GMO delays

Agriculture Ministers from five South American countries have urged the EU and China to stop delaying import authorisations for genetically modified crops, reports the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). 
South America EU

Australia OKs herbicide marker dye

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has approved SST Australia’s EnviroDye Red Liquid Marking Dye for non-crop use with certain herbicides to identify sprayed areas. 
Product Australia

Australia OKs Novozymes BioAg’s Actinovate

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has approved Novozymes BioAg’s biofungicide, Actinovate (Streptomyces lydicus strain WYEC108), for use as a foliar or soil drench or seed treatment in agriculture, horticulture, greenhouse, nursery and turf applications. 
Biologicals Australia

Chinese researchers produce DBM-resistant GM cabbage

Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences have successfully incorporated a Bt cry1la8 gene into genetically modified cabbage plants to improve resistance to diamondback moths (DBM - Plutella xylostella). 
Research China

Australian sorghum crop expands

The area planted with sorghum in Australia in the summer 2017/18 season is forecast to rise by 54.4% to 596,000 ha, according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). 
Australia

Farm Hannong gets Malaysian OK for metamifop

South Korean chemical company LG Chem’s agrochemical subsidiary, Farm Hannong, has received Malaysian registration for its herbicide, Pyzero (metamifop 10%).
Malaysia Herbicides & PGRs
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Australasia

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Australia OKs herbicide marker dye

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has approved SST Australia’s EnviroDye Red Liquid Marking Dye for non-crop use with certain herbicides to identify sprayed areas. 
Product Australia

Australia OKs Novozymes BioAg’s Actinovate

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has approved Novozymes BioAg’s biofungicide, Actinovate (Streptomyces lydicus strain WYEC108), for use as a foliar or soil drench or seed treatment in agriculture, horticulture, greenhouse, nursery and turf applications. 
Biologicals Australia

Australian sorghum crop expands

The area planted with sorghum in Australia in the summer 2017/18 season is forecast to rise by 54.4% to 596,000 ha, according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). 
Australia

NZ ag organisations promote bee safety

Agricultural organisations in New Zealand are promoting the responsible use of agrochemicals to protect bees from unintended exposure from aerial and ground sprays.
New Zealand

Australia to OK BASF bioinsecticide

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has proposed the approval of BASF’s bioinsecticide/acaricide, Broadband OD (Beauveria bassiana strain PPRI 5339), for use in protected horticulture. B bassiana strain PPRI 5339 would be a new active ingredient in Australia.

Biologicals Australia

Australia to OK Nufarm’s Botector

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has proposed the approval of Nufarm’s biofungicide, Botector (Aureobasidium pullulans strain DSM 14940 + A pullulans strain DSM14941), for the control of grey mould/bunch rot (Botrytis cinerea) on grapevines.

Biologicals Nufarm
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Middle East & Africa

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Kenya OKs GMO trials for this year

The Kenyan National Biosafety Authority (NBA) has approved field trials for genetically modified crops, national newspaper Business Daily reports.

Kenya

Arysta launches fungicides in African countries

Platform Specialty Products' agrochemical business, Arysta LifeScience, has launched its fluoxastrobin-based fungicides: Evito T in Kenya, Tanzania and North Africa; and Disarm 480 SC in Kenya.
Fungicides Middle East and Africa

Dow/DuPont merger progresses in South Africa

South Africa’s Competition Commission has recommended the conditional approval of the proposed merger between Dow AgroSciences parent company Dow Chemical and DuPont.
M&A Dow AgroSciences

Kenyan MPs call for GMO trials to go ahead

The Kenyan Parliament’s Agriculture select committee has voted to allow trials of genetically modified maize.

Kenya Input Traits

Arysta acquires biosolutions business Verios

Platform Specialty Products’ agrochemical business, Arysta LifeScience, has acquired the business assets of South African biosolutions supplier Verios.
South Africa M&A

DuPont opens South Africa facility

DuPont has opened its Rand 100 million ($7.7 million) crop technology centre in Delmas, South Africa.

DuPont Commercial
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Global

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EU notifies WTO of planned neonic ban

The European Commission has notified the WTO Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade of its draft decisions to ban outdoor uses of three neonicotinoid insecticides, clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam.

EU International

Researchers map bollworm/earworm genomes

Scientists at the Australian government research organisation, the CSIRO, and international collaborators have mapped the complete genomes of the closely related pests, cotton bollworms (Helicoverpa armigera) and corn earworms (H zea). 
Australia International

BASF to debut chlorfenapyr-based mosquito net

BASF is preparing to launch the chlorfenapyr insecticide-treated mosquito net, Interceptor G2, following its recommendation by the UN WHO.
International WHO

Last week for sending Agrow Awards applications

There is just one week to go before the deadline of July 18th for applying to one of the 16 categories in Agrow Awards 2017. 
Commercial International

Deadline approaches for Agrow Awards applications

The deadline for making an entry to the Agrow Awards is fast approaching with less than four weeks to go until July 18th.
International Commercial

Agrow launches R&D Pipeline Tracker

Agrow adds a new dimension to its tracking and reporting of research and development taking place within the crop protection industry with the launch of its new R&D Pipeline Tracker.

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