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French court rules against Bayer/Monsanto in Lasso case

The French Court of Appeal in Lyon ruled in favour of a French farmer in a long-running case involving Bayer legacy company Monsanto’s herbicide, Lasso (alachlor).

Legal Herbicides & PGRs

EFSA issues guidance on ai application procedures

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued administrative guidance for applicants submitting dossiers for pesticide active ingredients and for EU member states preparing assessment reports.

Europe EU

Homolgacao Produtos Fitofarmaceuticos

The Portuguese crop protection products confirmation, Homolgacao Produtos Fitofarmaceuticos, event takes place in Lisbon on April 17th.

Portugal Events

Aepla

The Spanish agrochemical industry association, the Aepla, has appointed Manuel Melgarejo Armada as its president.

Spain

German industry criticises Env Min restrictions

The German agrochemical industry association, the IVA, has criticised the plan of the federal Environment Ministry, the BMU, to only provide approval for agrochemicals from January 1st 2020 on the condition that farmers using them keep 10% of their arable land as “pesticide-free biodiversity areas”.

Germany Herbicides & PGRs

Bayer progresses on localising production in Russia

Bayer’s Crop Science division has been progressing on localising production as part of its plan to localise production of some 60% of its crop protection products within Russia.

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North America

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US EPA posts BASF's Tirexor application

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. 

Herbicides & PGRs United States

Syngenta debuts Miravis Ace in US

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. 

Fungicides United States

Silvar gains Canadian OK for soybean inoculant

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. 

Biologicals Canada

US pest control revenues up 4% in 2018

Revenues generated by the US pest control industry rose by 4.4% to $8,971 million in 2018, according to US market research company Specialty Consultants (Jacksonville, Florida). 

United States

US judge orders Bayer to seek glyphosate cancer lawsuits settlements

A US federal judge has ordered Bayer to try and settle hundreds of lawsuits brought by cancer victims who allege that its legacy company Monsanto had failed to warn them of the risks from its glyphosate-based herbicide, Roundup.  

United States Herbicides & PGRs

Health Canada to cancel some uses of three neonic ais

Canada’s public health department, Health Canada, is to cancel some uses of the neonicotinoid insecticides, clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam.

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South America

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Brazil Ibama finds illegal GM crops

The Brazilian environmental agency, the Ibama, has found illegal planting of genetically modified crops in 14 of 40 inspected rural properties.

Brazil Brazil Ibama

Brazil Anvisa to withdraw "obsolete" agchem ais from approved list

The Brazilian national health surveillance agency, the Anvisa, is to conduct a review of the existing approved pesticide active ingredients and exclude those that are “obsolete”.

Brazil Anvisa Brazil

Brazilian Ag Ministry creates panel to boost bioinputs for organic agriculture

The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture has set up a working group to implement its national inputs programme for organic agriculture – the bioinputs programme (Programa Bioinsumos).

Brazil Brazil Mapa

Brazil Ag Ministry sets agchem priority list - update

The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture has determined which pesticide products should get priority analysis in 2019.

Brazil Policy & Regulation

Brazilian Ag Minister defends increasing agchem approvals to MPs

The Brazilian Agriculture Minister has defended the recent increased number of pesticide approvals, including of 86 products earlier this year.

Brazil Brazil Mapa

Brazil Ag Ministry sets agchem priority list

The Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture has determined which pesticide products should get priority analysis in 2019.

Brazil Brazil Mapa
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Asia

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Australia approves GM wheat tests

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved the field testing of genetically modified wheat by the University of Melbourne. 

Australia OGTR

Chinese scientists develop non-GM herbicide-tolerant wheat

Chinese researchers have used genome editing to produce non-genetically modified wheat with tolerance to sulfonylurea, imidazolinone and aryloxyphenoxy propionate-type herbicides. 

China Research

China's pesticide exports up 9% in 2018

China’s pesticide exports rose by 8.6% to $8,073 million in 2018 compared with the previous year, according to figures from the country’s Institute for the Control of Agrochemicals, Ministry of Agriculture (ICAMA).

China

USDA chief criticises Vietnam glyphosate ban

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue has expressed disappointment at Vietnam’s decision to ban the production and import of the herbicide, glyphosate.

USDA Vietnam

Vietnam bans glyphosate

Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has revoked all approvals for glyphosate-based herbicides.

Vietnam Australia

Australia to regulate genome editing techniques

Most genome editing techniques, such as CRISPR, are to be regulated in Australia following a technical review of the Gene Technology Regulations 2001. 

Australia OGTR
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Australasia

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Australia approves GM wheat tests

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved the field testing of genetically modified wheat by the University of Melbourne. 

Australia OGTR

Vietnam bans glyphosate

Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has revoked all approvals for glyphosate-based herbicides.

Vietnam Australia

Australia to regulate genome editing techniques

Most genome editing techniques, such as CRISPR, are to be regulated in Australia following a technical review of the Gene Technology Regulations 2001. 

Australia OGTR

Australia to OK BASF's Revysol

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has proposed the approval of BASF's fungicide, Belanty (mefentrifluconazole – trade-marked as Revysol – 75 g/litre), for use on apples and grapevines. 

Australia Fungicides

Corteva seeks NZ approval for Inatreq

DowDuPont's agriculture business, Corteva Agriscience, is seeking approval in New Zealand for the fungicide, GF-3308 (fenpicoxamid – trade-marked as Inatreq - 50 g/litre), for use on wheat. 

Fungicides New Zealand

APVMA posts Australian agchem sales

Sales of pesticides in Australia amounted to Aus$3,030.4 million (US$2,149.5 million at the current rate) in the fiscal year ended June 30th 2018, according to figures from the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority. 

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Middle East & Africa

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Ugandan Parliament free to pass Biosafety Bill

Uganda’s Parliament is free to pass its Biosafety Bill.

Uganda Policy & Regulation

Nigeria drafts national agchems policy

Nigeria is to launch a national pesticide policy to address residues impacting produce exports.

Nigeria Policy & Regulation

Zambia lifts GMO import ban

Zambia has ended its import ban on genetically modified crop produce.

Zambia Policy & Regulation

Corteva opens west African hub in Morocco

DowDuPont's agricultural business, Corteva Agriscience, is to base its west African operations in Casablanca, Morocco.

Corteva Agriscience DowDuPont

Iran approves five GMOs for use in food

Iran has approved five genetically modified herbicide-tolerant soybean products for use in food.

Iran Input Traits

IITA submits dossier for GM starch yield cassava trials in Nigeria

The Nigerian National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has published an application dossier for confined trials of genetically modified cassava with increased starch yield.

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Global

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Phillips McDougall prepares infographic tracing agchem company evolution

Phillips McDougall has come out with an updated version of its well-known infographic tracing the evolution of the leading agrochemical companies.

International M&A

Global crop protection market up 4% in 2018

Global chemical-based crop protection sales rose by 4.2% to $56,500 million at the ex-manufacturer level in 2018, according to preliminary analysis by Phillips McDougall.

International

GMO food opponents know less than they think, research finds

The people who hold the most extreme views opposing foods derived from genetically modified crops think that they know most about GM food science, but actually know the least, according to a study conducted by US and Canadian researchers.

International Output Traits

Nobel laureates caution against GMO fear mongering

Excessive concerns about foods derived from genetically modified crops are preventing society from benefiting from the technology, say the 2018 winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Professor Frances Arnold and Sir Gregory Winter.

International

UN declares 2020 the International Year of Plant Health

The UN General Assembly has proclaimed 2020 the International Year of Plant Health to raise global awareness of plant health and its role in increasing food security.

International

Report outlines evolution of pesticides since 1960

A high level of investment from the crop protection industry to research and develop new products has led to a continual improvement in the effectiveness as well as safety profile of pesticides, according to a report by Phillips McDougall written on behalf of CropLife International.

International R&D
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