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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

APVMA performance slips again

The proportion of pesticide product registrations finalised within the statutory timeframe by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) in the three months to June 30th 2017 amounted to 24%. 
Australia APVMA

APVMA commissions performance review

The head of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has commissioned an independent review of the agency’s operational performance to identify the underlying causes for delays in the assessment and registration of agrochemicals and veterinary products, permits and active ingredients. 

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Syngenta seeks Australian OK for GM cotton

Syngenta (owned by ChemChina) has applied to the Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) to commercialise genetically modified insect-resistant COT102 cotton.

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Australia reaches 30 million container collection mark

The Australian agricultural industry stewardship organisation, Agsafe, has marked the collection of 30 million agrochemical containers through its drumMuster collection and recycling scheme. 
Australia

Australia to OK cedarwood oil repellent

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has proposed the approval of Australian company National Machinery Traders’ (Mittagong, New South Wales) personal insect repellent, Nature’s Botanical Crème (rosemary oil + cedarwood oil). 
Australia APVMA

APVMA fines Accensi for herbicide contamination

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has fined the Australian contract agrochemical manufacturer, Accensi, Aus$100,000 (US$79,133) for supplying herbicides containing “chemical actives” other than those listed in the registered formulation. 
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