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BASF to launch Allstar fungicide in UK

BASF is to launch the fungicide, Allstar (fluxapyroxad – trademarked as Xemium), for in-furrow treatment of Rhizoctonia solani in potatoes in the UK.
Fungicides United Kingdom

Spanish Bt maize growers celebrate 20 years

Spanish maize growers typically plant 36% of their crop with genetically modified insect-resistant Bt maize.
Spain Input Traits

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

French ag organisations prepare pesticide reduction "contract"

The French farmers' union, the FNSEA, and some 30 national agricultural and research organisations have prepared a “solution contract” aimed at reducing the use, risks and impact of crop protection products in France.

France Policy & Regulation

France extends tax credits to organic farming

The French National Assembly, the country's lower house of Parliament, has voted to extend the tax credits for organic crop farming until 2020.

France

Spanish Sigfito signs ag waste management accord

The Spanish agrochemical packaging disposal and recycling organisation, the Sigfito, has signed an agricultural waste management deal with national and European regulators and 52 entities of Spanish civil society and business.

Spain
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North America

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US court delays glyphosate hearing

A US federal judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits brought by cancer victims against Monsanto has granted the company's request to delay a hearing on the potential carcinogenicity of glyphosate herbicide.
United States Monsanto

Enviros oppose delay of ESA assessments

Environmentalists are urging a federal court to reject US President Trump administration's request for an additional two years to complete recommendations on how to safeguard endangered species from legal uses of three organophosphate insecticides.

United States NMFS

US state of Missouri moves to limit dicamba use

The US state of Missouri is imposing new restrictions on dicamba herbicides that are more stringent than federal rules, including bans on summer-time spraying.

United States Herbicides & PGRs

Albaugh to launch two HT wheat varieties in 2018

The US agrochemical and specialty chemical company, Albaugh (Ankeny, Iowa), is to launch in 2018 the first two varieties based on the herbicide-tolerant wheat production system, CoAxium.
United States Input Traits

USDA unsure of path forward for GMO rule revision

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has yet to decide when or if it will try again to revise its genetically modified organisms regulations.
United States USDA

US farm groups/Monsanto challenge California glyphosate listing

US farm groups and Monsanto have sued California in federal court in a bid to reverse the state's decision to add glyphosate herbicide to its list of cancer-causing chemicals.
United States Herbicides & PGRs
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South America

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Season's first detection of soy rust in Brazil

The first reported detection of Asian soybean rust (Phakopsora pachyrhizi) incidence in Brazil has come some ten days later this year.

Brazil Fungicides

Barter makes up 30% of BASF's Brazil agchem sales

Barter accounts for around 30% of BASF’s pesticide sales in Brazil.
BASF Brazil

Branded agchems made up 60% of Brazil's 2016 market - update

Branded products still dominated the Brazilian agrochemical market with almost 60% of value in 2016.
Brazil Markets

Koppert do Brasil debuts fungicide as a bionematicide

Dutch bioproducts company Koppert's Brazilian subsidiary, Koppert do Brasil Sistemas Biológicos’, biofungicide, Trichodermil SC 1306 (Trichoderma harzianum), has been approved as a nematicide.

Brazil Biologicals

Study predicts Bolivia GMOs would double maize production

The adoption of genetically modified maize in Bolivia would likely result in a doubling of production by 2025.

Bolivia

Branded agchems made up 60% of Brazil's 2016 market

Branded products still dominated the Brazilian agrochemical market with almost 60% of value in 2016.
Brazil Markets
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Asia

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Australia seeks comments on proposed GM cotton approval

Syngenta’s proposed release of its genetically modified insect-resistant COT102 cotton in Australia would pose negligible risk to human health and safety or to the environment.
Australia OGTR

Australia/NZ to OK Bayer's GM cotton

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has proposed the approval of food derived from Bayer Crop Science’s genetically modified herbicide-tolerant GHB811 cotton.

Australia New Zealand

APVMA off target in 2016/17

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) completed just 45% of pesticide registration applications within the statutory timeframes in the 12 months to June 30th 2017, according to its latest annual report.
Australia APVMA

Australian university seeks to test GM buffalo grass

The Australian RMIT University (Melbourne, Victoria) has applied to the Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) to carry out small-scale field tests of genetically modified buffalo grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum). 
Australia Input Traits

APVMA reports “productive” quarter

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) completed 36% of pesticide registration applications within statutory timeframes in the three months to September 30th, which was the first quarter of its 2018 fiscal year.
Australia APVMA

APVMA strikes enforcement deal with Accensi

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has entered into an “enforceable undertaking” with the Australian contract agrochemical manufacturer, Accensi, to bring its practices up to the standard expected by the regulator. 
Australia APVMA
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Australasia

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Australia seeks comments on proposed GM cotton approval

Syngenta’s proposed release of its genetically modified insect-resistant COT102 cotton in Australia would pose negligible risk to human health and safety or to the environment.
Australia OGTR

Australia/NZ to OK Bayer's GM cotton

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has proposed the approval of food derived from Bayer Crop Science’s genetically modified herbicide-tolerant GHB811 cotton.

Australia New Zealand

APVMA off target in 2016/17

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) completed just 45% of pesticide registration applications within the statutory timeframes in the 12 months to June 30th 2017, according to its latest annual report.
Australia APVMA

Australian university seeks to test GM buffalo grass

The Australian RMIT University (Melbourne, Victoria) has applied to the Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) to carry out small-scale field tests of genetically modified buffalo grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum). 
Australia Input Traits

APVMA reports “productive” quarter

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) completed 36% of pesticide registration applications within statutory timeframes in the three months to September 30th, which was the first quarter of its 2018 fiscal year.
Australia APVMA

APVMA strikes enforcement deal with Accensi

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has entered into an “enforceable undertaking” with the Australian contract agrochemical manufacturer, Accensi, to bring its practices up to the standard expected by the regulator. 
Australia APVMA
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Middle East & Africa

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Bayer opens Mozambique office

Bayer has opened an office in Maputo, Mozambique.

Bayer Crop Science Mozambique

African call for glyphosate precautionary principle

African scientists have called for the application of the precautionary principle on the herbicide, glyphosate, newswire SciDev reports. 
Middle East and Africa Policy & Regulation

Kenya Ag Ministry to aid grower adoption of GM cotton

The Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture is to aid growers in the adoption of genetically modified insect-resistant Bt cotton.

Kenya Input Traits

MBI/KBL sign Kenya/Tanzania distribution deal

The US biopesticide company, Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI – Davis, California), has agreed an exclusive distribution deal with Kenya Biologics (KBL) to deliver its products in Kenya and Tanzania.

Kenya Tanzania

Kenya to trial GM bananas

The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation will carry out trials on genetically modified bacterial wilt (Xanthomonas vasicola pv musacearum)-resistant bananas. .

Kenya Input Traits

Nigeria OKs GM Bt cowpeas as safe

The Nigerian National Agricultural Research System has passed genetically modified insect-resistant Bt cowpeas as safe for human consumption.
Nigeria Input Traits
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Global

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CGIAR disease diagnosis app receives funding

A smartphone app developed by the global research partnership, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research’s (CGIAR), programme on roots, tubers and bananas has won a $100,000 award.
International Research

Global study highlights Bt resistance

A global study of data from 36 genetically modified insect-resistant Bt crops has identified pest resistance in 16 cases in 2016. 
Research International

Study identifies scenarios for global spread of wheat stem rust

Researchers from the UK University of Cambridge, the UK Met Office and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) have used adapted modelling systems to predict the timing and pattern of spread of wheat stem rust (Puccinia graminis f sp tritici) globally.

International Research

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
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