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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.

France

Valagro presents biostimulant YieldOn in Turkey

Italian biostimulants company Valagro (Atessa) has debuted its plant extract-based biostimulant YieldOn in Turkey.

Turkey Biologicals

EU launches in-depth probe of Bayer/Monsanto deal

The European Commission has launched an in-depth inquiry into Bayer’s proposed acquisition of Monsanto.
Europe European Commission

Sumitomo debuts BioBit in Italy

Sumitomo Chemical has launched its bioinsecticide, BioBit (Bacillus thuringiensis subsp kurstaki - strain 351), in Italy.

Italy Biologicals

Manica debuts Boni protect in Italy

Italian crop protection supplier Manica (Rovereto) has debuted its biofungicide, Boni protect (Aureobasidium pullulans), in its domestic market.

Italy Biologicals

German container collection up 3% in 2016

The collection of empty pesticide containers in Germany was up 3.1% in 2016 to 2,990 tonnes, reports the German agrochemical industry association, the IVA.

Germany

Rothamsted gets UK funding for sustainable pest control research

UK-based research centre Rothamsted Research (Harpenden, Hertfordshire) has secured UK government funding to kick-start its five-year strategic programme, Smart Crop Protection, aimed at sustainable pest, pathogen and weed control.

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