Syngenta to divest vegetable seeds business

In a move to appease shareholders unhappy with Syngenta’s rejection of Monsanto’s repeated overtures for acquisition, Syngenta is to divest its vegetable seeds business. The company also intends to return “significant levels” of capital to shareholders through...

US approval for DuPont's Zorvec

DuPont has received US approval for its new fungicide, oxathiapiprolin (trade-marked as Zorvec), for use on a range of vegetables and other specialty crops. The EPA proposed the registration in July. The US app...

US/Canadian approvals for Syngenta's Solatenol

Syngenta has received US and Canadian approvals for its new fungicide, benzovindiflupyr (trade-marked as Solatenol), for use on a range of crops. The EPA proposed the registration of eight products based on the...

Monsanto ends pursuit of Syngenta

Monsanto has decided to discontinue its planned acquisition of Syngenta after the Swiss company rejected its latest takeover bid.  "Without a basis for constructive engagement from Syngenta, Monsanto will conti...

UK study suggests links between imidacloprid and bee health

While the prophylactic application of neonicotinoid insecticides as seed treatments helps reduce subsequent foliar insecticide sprays, there appears to be a link between bee colony mortality and high field expo...

Industry bemoans slower EU GMO approval times

The time taken to complete an EU assessment of a genetically modified crop is now over five years, compared with less than two years in 2006, says European biotechnology industry association EuropaBio. In its l...

US court rebuffs request to stay Dow herbicide approval

The US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has rejected a bid by environmentalist groups to temporarily block commercialisation of Dow AgroSciences' herbicide, Enlist Duo (2,4-D choline + glyphosate). At issue...

Agric MEPs reject GM food/feed proposals

The European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee has voted to reject European Commission proposals that would give member states the power to ban the u...

Bayer builds US glufosinate capacity

Bayer CropScience is further expanding its US production capacity for the herbicide, Liberty (glufosinate-ammonium), and its precursors. The company r...

EFSA calls for data on fipronil and bees

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a call for data on the risks to bees from the insecticide, fipronil. It is seeking new informatio...

EU drops new data requirements for AIR-2 agchem products

A scheduled introduction of new, more stringent, data requirements for the renewal of certain agrochemical product approvals has been removed by the E...

Sumitomo Chemical to establish Brazil R&D centre

Sumitomo Chemical plans to establish a Latin American crop protection research centre in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Construction is planned for 48 ha of resea...

Brazilian agchem sales crash in first half

Brazilian agrochemical sales suffered a drop of a quarter in the first half of 2015, according to the agrochemical industry trade association, the Sin...

EFSA confirms neonicotinoid spray risk to bees

Neonicotinoid insecticides applied as foliar sprays pose a risk to bees, says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Its conclusions follow assess...

EU neonic ban boosts UK insecticide sprays and costs

Restrictions placed in the EU on the use of neonicotinoid seed treatments led to a 2.5-fold increase in the use of insecticide sprays in the winter oi...

APVMA Industry Information and Education Sessions

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is to hold Industry Information and Education Sessions in Canberra, ACT on October 15th-16th 2015. Th...

ECHA Biocides Stakeholders' Day

A Biocides Stakeholders’ Day is to be held by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on September 1st in Helsinki, Finland. It will provide information about the EU biocida...

Efficacy Expert (m/f) - Ref. No. 2015-35/AGR

We have been an independent service provider for the agrochemical, industrial chemical and pharmaceutical industry since 1996, and now have over 460 employees at sites in...

Godrej Agrovet to acquire Astec Lifesciences

Indian agricultural input company Godrej Agrovet is to acquire a majority stake in Indian agrochemicals company Astec Lifesciences. The acquisition would be thr...

EU criticises Italy’s PPP sale and use controls

Italy provides weak controls on the sale and use of pesticide products, characterised by insufficient co-ordination among competent authorities and a lack of in...

Embrapa seeks 2016 launch for GM feijao beans

The Brazilian agricultural corporation, the Embrapa, seeks to launch its genetically modified mosaic virus-resistant feijao beans in Brazil, national media repo...

Bayer to expand Credenz soybeans across US

Bayer CropScience is to expand its Credenz soybean seed brand across the US for the 2016 season. It will offer more than 55 genetically modified soybean varieti...

USDA sceptical of EPA plan to protect monarch butterflies

The USDA is unconvinced by the US EPA's new plan to protect the monarch butterfly, suggesting that the proposal could lead to pesticide use restrictions that wo...

Biopesticides figure prominently in crop protection future

Welcome to Agrow’s fourth annual biopesticide special issue. Before delving into the goings on in the sector during the last year, let us do a quick recap of th...

Wynca suffers in first half

Chinese company Zhejiang Wynca Chemical has suffered a downbeat first half, with pesticide sales falling 21.4% to Yuan 1,835.1 million ($287.4 million at the cu...

DNAi used as switch for programmed cell death in GMOs

Scientists from the US Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have used a DNA interference (DNAi)-based genetically encoded device that responds to a trans...

Agrow Service Guide 2015

Consultancies and other advisory bodies, Market research companies, Contract research organisations, Diagnostics, Custom manufacturers, Formulation companies an...

Verdesian Life Sciences

The US crop protection and nutrition company, Verdesian Life Sciences (Cary, North Carolina), has appointed Charles Broughton as vice-president of sales for its...

AgChem Forum

Informa Life Sciences' 15th AgChem Forum, Uniting Science and Policy for the Safe Use of Agrochemicals, will be held at Barcelona, Spain on September 23rd-24th ...

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