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EU comparative assessments of 8-hydroxyquinoline products start next year

Comparative assessments of products containing the fungicide/bactericide, 8-hydroxyquinoline, will have to be carried out on all applications for product approvals in the EU submitted after April 4th 2018.
EU Policy & Regulation

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

EU sets phase out dates for iprodione

EU member states must withdraw approvals for products containing the fungicide/nematicide, iprodione, by March 5th 2018, and may only grant short grace periods for existing stocks, which must expire by June 5th 2018.
EU Fungicides

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

Canada to OK ISK's fluazinam for turf

The Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has proposed the approval of Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha subsidiary ISK Biosciences’ fungicide, Secure (fluazinam), for use on turf.

Canada Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha

BASF to launch Sercadis in Italy

BASF has presented its fungicide, Sercadis (fluxapyroxad - trade-marked as Xemium 300 g/litre), in Italy.

Fungicides BASF
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Insecticides

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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

Nichino America's Portal XLO gets reduced pre-harvest interval

Japanese agrochemical company Nihon Nohyaku’s US subsidiary, Nichino America’s (Wilmington, Delaware), acaricide/insecticide, Portal XLO (fenpyroximate), has been granted a reduced pre-harvest interval from 14 to three days for citrus crops.

Insecticides Nihon Nohyaku

US EPA searching for "greater certainty" about chlorpyrifos safety

US EPA pesticide officials have defended the decision to abandon a 2016 plan to ban chlorpyrifos insecticide. 
EPA OPP

EFSA neonic/bee assessment delayed again

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) expects its updated risk assessments on the potential risks to bees from neonicotinoid pesticides to be finalised in February 2018.

Europe EFSA

Margosa extract approved as repellent in EU

Margosa extract has been granted EU approval as a repellent for non-crop use, with effect from April 1st 2019.
EU European Commission

Dow debuts Spindle in Brazil

Dow AgroSciences (part of DowDuPont) has launched its insecticide, Spindle (spinosad), in Brazil.

Insecticides Brazil
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Herbicides & PGRs

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EU mulls glyphosate ban petition

Discussions on a European Citizens Initiative petition calling for a ban on the herbicide, glyphosate, have given the European Commission “food for thought” on a “very sensitive” issue, says EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis.
EU European Commission

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

Argentine city to ban glyphosate

Councillors in Argentina’s third-largest city, Rosario, have approved a draft bill to ban the sale and use of the herbicide, glyphosate.

Argentina Herbicides & PGRs

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

Glyphosate renewal delayed again after another indecisive EU vote

An appeal committee of EU member states is to take a second vote later this month on the proposed five-year renewal of the EU approval of the herbicide, glyphosate, after a vote on November 9th failed to return a required qualified majority view.

European Commission Herbicides & PGRs

US state of Arkansas poised to impose 2018 dicamba ban

The US state of Arkansas appears ready to approve a new regulation that will severely restrict spraying of dicamba herbicide in 2018.

Herbicides & PGRs United States
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Seed treatments

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Valent debuts Aveo EZ bionematicide in US

Sumitomo Chemical subsidiary Valent USA (Walnut Creek, California) has launched the bionematicidal seed treatment, Aveo EZ (Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain PTA-4838), for use on soybeans in the US.

Biologicals Seed treatments

US OK for BASF’s Stamina F4 Cereals

BASF has received US approval for its fluxapyroxad (trade-marked as Xemium)-based fungicidal seed treatment, Stamina F4 Cereals (fluxapyroxad 8.5 g/litre + pyraclostrobin 16.8 g/litre + triticonazole 16.8 g/litre + metalaxyl 9.7 g/litre). 
Seed treatments United States

Monsanto to delay US NemaStrike debut

Monsanto is to delay the US introduction of its nematicidal seed treatment, NemaStrike (tioxazafen), due to “limited cases of skin irritation, including rashes, that appear to be associated with the handling and application” of the product. 
Monsanto United States

New active ingredients registered or launched in 2017

New active ingredients registered or launched in 2017, with links to the original articles.

Biologicals Insecticides

US OK for Syngenta’s Clariva Elite Beans

Syngenta (owned by ChemChina) has received US approval for a combination bionematicide/insecticide/fungicide seed treatment for use on soybeans. 
Seed treatments United States

Monsanto debuts NemaStrike in US

Monsanto has launched its nematicidal seed treatment, NemaStrike (tioxazafen 541 g/litre), in the US for the 2018 planting season. 
Seed treatments Monsanto
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Biologicals

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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

Valent debuts Aveo EZ bionematicide in US

Sumitomo Chemical subsidiary Valent USA (Walnut Creek, California) has launched the bionematicidal seed treatment, Aveo EZ (Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain PTA-4838), for use on soybeans in the US.

Biologicals Seed treatments

US EPA approves mosquito biopesticide

The US EPA has approved US company MosquitoMate’s (Lexington, Kentucky) mosquito biocontrol product, ZAP Males (Wolbachia pipientis ZAP strain). 
Biologicals United States

Spain's Andalusia seeks simpler biologicals approval process

The Spanish Andalusia province’s Agriculture secretary’s counsellor is advocating simplification of the approval process for biopesticides.

Spain Biologicals

US approval for MBI’s Stargus

The US biopesticide company, Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI- Davis, California), has received US approval for its biofungicide, Stargus (Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain F727), which was developed as MBI-110. 
Biologicals United States

New active ingredients registered or launched in 2017

New active ingredients registered or launched in 2017, with links to the original articles.

Biologicals Insecticides
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Input Traits

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EFSA gives safety clearance to GM H7-1 sugar beet renewal

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a positive safety assessment for an application to renew EU approval for use in food and feed of genetically modified glyphosate herbicide-tolerant H7-1 sugar beet.
EU EFSA

Plant Biotechnology Patent Watch Q3 2017

During the third quarter of 2017, a total of 48 patent applications from 26 different assignees were published covering genetically modified plants and methods of producing them.
Output Traits Input Traits

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

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

Argentine Senasa OKs three GMOs as safe for food and feed

Argentina has approved a further three unnamed genetically modified crops as safe for use in food and feed.

Argentina Argentina Senasa

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
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Output Traits

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Plant Biotechnology Patent Watch Q3 2017

During the third quarter of 2017, a total of 48 patent applications from 26 different assignees were published covering genetically modified plants and methods of producing them.
Output Traits Input Traits

Argentine Senasa OKs three GMOs as safe for food and feed

Argentina has approved a further three unnamed genetically modified crops as safe for use in food and feed.

Argentina Argentina Senasa

Brazil MPs hold economic impacts of GMOs debate

Several Brazilian companies are developing genetically modified crops with a focus on tolerance to drought and flooding, due to climate change, on disease, insect and nematode resistance, and to improve productivity or nutritional value.
Brazil Output Traits

US FDA wants input on GMO education initiative

The US FDA will convene two meetings next month to take advice from the public about how to spend $3 million to educate people about the benefits of genetically modified crops and the potential impacts of further applications of biotechnology to food and agricultural production.

United States FDA

Australia mulls GM safflower commercialisation

The Australian company, GO Resources (Melbourne, Victoria), has applied to the Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) to commercialise genetically modified safflower with elevated levels of oleic acid.
Australia Output Traits

Australia mulls GM ryegrass tests

The Australian state of Victoria’s Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources has applied to the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) to conduct small-scale field tests on genetically modified perennial ryegrass. 
Australia Output Traits
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