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An analysis of supplementary protection certificates

Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) for plant protection products were put into legislation in the EU as an intellectual property right that aims to offset the loss of patent protection that occurs due to the mandatory testing required to obtain regulatory marketing approval. Dr Nigel Uttley describes SPCs in detail.

Europe EU

EFSA consults on more ai groups for CRA

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has opened a public consultation on establishing groups of pesticides for the cumulative assessment of their effects on the thyroid.

Europe EU

MEPs support call for more restrictions on pesticide use

The European Parliament has backed calls for stronger efforts to reduce pesticide use and remove hazardous active ingredients.

Europe EU

Russia to introduce anti-dumping duties on EU herbicide imports

Russian President Vladimir Putin has advised the national government to introduce anti-dumping duties on herbicide imports from the EU into Russia.

Europe EU

EU bodies reach agreement over public access to data

A provisional agreement has been reached on proposals to increase public access to data submitted for EU approvals of agrochemicals and genetically modified crops.

Europe EU

EU biocide rapporteur reallocations in force for Brexit

Plans will come into force on February 28th to reallocate the reviews of a large number of biocides, including 43 non-crop pesticides, to new rapporteur member states when the UK leaves the EU on March 29th (Brexit day).

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North America

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US winter wheat area down 4%

The area to be planted with winter wheat in the US this year is expected to have fallen by 3.8% to 31.3 million acres (12.7 million ha), according to the USDA's delayed January forecast. 

United States

Bayer signs collaboration deal in Americas

Bayer’s Crop Science division has agreed collaborations on sustainable agriculture in the Americas.

North America South America

Canada issues more agchem review plans

The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has issued three more project plans for the re-evaluation of older pesticide active ingredients. 

Canada PMRA

US DoJ defends Bayer/Monsanto merger

The US Trump administration will not seek additional changes to the $66 billion merger of Bayer and Monsanto, calling the deal a "victory for American farmers and consumers". 

United States DOJ

Review 2018: Hopes of recovery in Latin America's major agchem market rose

Signs grew of a rebound in the Latin American market in 2018.

 

South America North America

Canada outlines DEET review

The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has issued a re-evaluation project plan for the insect repellent, N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide (DEET), and related active toluamides (ortho and para isomers).

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South America

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Brazilian court backs Ibama sanctions against online agchem sales firm

The Brazilian federal attorney general's office (AGU) has won a case overturning a decision that had suspended sanctions imposed by the environmental agency, the Ibama, on a company selling pesticides online.

Brazil Brazil Ibama

Brazil seed co relaunched as Agro-Sol by inVivo

Brazilian seed company Agro-Sol Sementes has been relaunched as Agro-Sol by French co-operative group InVivo.


Brazil

Campo Limpio Peru wins national environment award

Peru’s Campo Limpio (Clean Field) programme won the national Antonio Brack Egg 2018 environment prize for its programme on disposal and recycling of empty pesticide containers.

Operations Peru

Brazil Anvisa head indicates need to back agribusiness

The president of Brazil’s national health surveillance agency, the Anvisa, has reportedly emphasised that the agency needs to pay attention to the importance of national agribusiness when assessing pesticide products.

Brazil Brazil Anvisa

Bayer signs collaboration deal in Americas

Bayer’s Crop Science division has agreed collaborations on sustainable agriculture in the Americas.

North America South America

Review 2018: Hopes of recovery in Latin America's major agchem market rose

Signs grew of a rebound in the Latin American market in 2018.

 

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Asia

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Bayer/Monsanto win case in Indian seed royalty dispute

Bayer’s Indian joint venture, Mahyco-Monsanto Biotech (MMB), has received a favourable award from the arbitration panel in the proceedings against the Indian companies, Nuziveedu Seeds and Prabhat Agri Biotech.

India Bayer Crop Science

Australia OKs GM wheat trials

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has concluded that proposed field tests by the University of Melbourne on genetically modified wheat pose negligible risks to human health and the environment. 

Australia OGTR

Asia review 2018: Chinese exports remained strong despite US tariff dispute

Chinese exports remained strong despite the tariff dispute between the US and China threatening to cast a shadow on the pesticide industry in both countries when the US imposed 10% tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.

Asia Pacific

BASF to launch fluxapyroxad fungicides in Japan

BASF is to launch two fungicides, Axar Flowable (fluxapyroxad - trade-marked as Xemium + difenoconazole) and Imtrex Flowable (fluxapyroxad) in Japan.

Japan Fungicides

Indian company Natco Pharma to enter agchems

Indian pharmaceutical company Natco Pharma (Hyderabad) is entering the agrochemical industry by initiating work on manufacturing facilities.

India Operations

BASF opens subsidiary in Cambodia

BASF has opened its first wholly-owned company (BASF Cambodia) in Cambodia.

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Australasia

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Australia OKs GM wheat trials

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has concluded that proposed field tests by the University of Melbourne on genetically modified wheat pose negligible risks to human health and the environment. 

Australia OGTR

Australia to approve potassium silicate fungicide

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has proposed the approval of Australian company Organic Crop Protectants' (Clayton, Victoria) fungicide, Ecocarb Plus (potassium silicate + potassium bicarbonate). 

Australia APVMA

Australia to OK BASF's Serifel

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has proposed the approval of BASF's biofungicide, Serifel (Bacillus amyloliquefaciens MBI 600). 

Australia APVMA

Australian approval for BioHerbicides Australia's bioherbicide

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority has approved Australian biopesticide company BioHerbicides Australia's (St Lucia, Queensland) bioherbicide, Bi-Bak Parkinsonia (Lasiodiplodia pseudotheobromae NT039 + Macrophomina phaseolina NT094 + Neoscytalidium novaehollandiae QLD003). 

 

Australia APVMA

Australian university seeks to test GM chickpeas

The Australian Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane) has applied to the Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) to conduct field tests on genetically modified chickpeas.

Australia Stress tolerance & Yield

Australian rice area slashed

The area planted with rice in Australia in the 2018/19 summer season is expected to plunge by 75% to 15,000 ha, according to the latest forecast by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). 

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Middle East & Africa

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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.

Nigeria Output Traits

Nigeria approves GM cowpeas

Nigeria has granted approval for the commercial cultivation of genetically modified pod borers (Maruca vitrata)-resistant cowpeas (AAT709A).

Nigeria Insect Resistance

Nigerian authorities unveil Bt cowpeas

The Nigerian National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has unveiled genetically modified insect-resistant Bt cowpeas.

Nigeria Input Traits

Ugandan Parliament OKs amended GMO bill

The Ugandan Parliament has passed a bill that would facilitate the development and application of genetically modified crops in the country.

Uganda Output Traits

Nigeria approves Bt cotton

The Nigerian Ministry of Science and Technology has approved genetically modified insect-resistant Bt cotton.

Nigeria Input Traits
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Global

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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

Agrow Awards: experts to discuss 2018 market and future technology trends

A panel of experts from the crop protection industry will analyse market developments during 2018 and discuss trends likely to shape the future of the industry.

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