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 the last 3-4 years. Corporate activity in biopesticides focused mainly on acquisitions during 2012, 20...

Bayer to focus on alignment of pharma and CropScience

Bayer group wants to align its CropScience and pharmaceutical businesses by taking advantage of the similarities in the business models. Group chief executive officer Dr Marijn Dekkers told the annual sharehold...

US enviros stung by White House bee plan

US environmentalist groups are frustrated with the new White House strategy aimed at improving the health of honeybees and other pollinators, arguing that the plan does not do enough to address concerns about t...

Monsanto prepared to divest Syngenta assets

Monsanto would be prepared to divest all of Syngenta's seed and trait business and certain overlapping agrochemical assets to secure competition authority approval of its proposed acquisition of the multination...

White House considering US pesticide limits to help bees

A White House task force has acknowledged that new US pesticide restrictions may be needed to reverse recent declines of bees, butterflies and other pollinators, but stopped short of requiring any immediate cha...

EU to halt intro of new data requirements for AIR-2 agchems

The European Commission is to remove the introduction of new, more stringent, data requirements for the renewal of certain agrochemical product approvals. The change applies to products based on active ingredie...

FMC sees above-market agchem growth ahead

FMC forecasts a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for its agrochemical business of 7-11% between 2016 and 2020. That would be ahead of the mid-single-digit percentage forecast for the global agrochemical marke...

A listing of new active ingredients registered or launched in 2015

US EPA proposes new pesticide limits to safeguard bees

The US EPA has proposed new restrictions on a lengthy list of widely used pesticides as part of its effort to protect commercial honey bees. The Agenc...

US FWS seeks dismissal of ESA pesticide suit

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges it failed to ensure that legal applications of thre...

Arysta gets new structure in Europe

Platform Specialty Products subsidiary Arysta LifeScience has given a new organisational structure to its European operation. The new structure of Ary...

Eden agrees Sipcam deal on two products

UK company Eden Research has signed an agreement with Italian agrochemical company Sipcam (Milan) and Spanish subsidiary Sipcam Iberia to evaluate two...

Mergers, acquisitions and deals in 2015

A listing of the mergers, acquisitions and deals during 2015, with links to the original articles

ISO names seven more new ais

The ISO Technical Committee on Common Names for Pesticides has provisionally approved seven new active ingredient names. Three come from Japanese comp...

US judge dismisses enviro challenge to Cyazypyr approval

A federal judge has dismissed a challenge to the US EPA’s registration of  DuPont's insecticide, cyantraniliprole (trade-marked as Cyazypyr), ruling t...

8th Brazil Agrochemshow

The 8th Brazil Agrochemshow trade fair will take place on August 11th-12th 2015 at the Hotel Caesar Park, Sao Paulo, Brazil. It is marketed as the country’s major interna...

Encapsulation by design

The US-based non-profit research organisation, Battelle (Columbus, Ohio), is to host a webinar, "Encapsulation by design", on May 5th 2015. It features Battelle's new enc...

Business Unit Leader

We have been an independent service provider for the agrochemical, industrial chemical and pharmaceutical industry since 1996, and now have over 450 employees at sites in...

Bayer creates Middle Africa business region

The Bayer group has opened an office in Lagos, Nigeria to cater for its CropScience and other businesses. It also launched its regional business, Bayer Middle A...

Armyworms cover 75% of Brazil’s major maize state

The major pest on Brazil’s major agricultural state’s maize crop in the last planting season proved to be fall armyworms (Spodoptera frugiperda). Infestations c...

Brazil Supreme Court backs fines on GMO use

The Brazilian authorities may still impose fines in determined situations despite a law that revoked a ban on the planting of genetically modified crops in cons...

Monsanto plans US Warrant Ultra debut

Monsanto plans to introduce a microencapsulated formulation of the herbicide, acetochlor, in combination with fomesafen, as Warrant Ultra, in the US next year f...

EU agchem assessment formats updated

The European Commission has issued updated format templates for agrochemical product dossiers and the draft registration reports produced by EU member states af...

Industry and regulators muddle through EU Regulation 1107/2009

Jeroen Meeussen from the European Commission gave a detailed update on the implementation of EU agrochemical Regulation 1107/2009 at the Informa Registration of...

SDS sales up 15% in Q1

SDS Biotech, the agrochemical subsidiary of Japanese company Idemitsu Kosan, recorded a 15.1% increase in agrochemical sales to ¥4,229 million ($35.4 million) i...

GM crops not linked with US weed diversity

US researchers have shown that weed diversity is influenced by geography and crop management rather than by whether genetically modified glyphosate-tolerant cro...

Agrow Generics Supplement 2014

Agrow’s annual supplement providing an insight into the generic agrochemical industry and manufacturers. 

Huntingdon Life Sciences/Harlan Laboratories

The contract research companies, Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) and Harlan Laboratories, have appointed Dr Joseph Bedford as corporate vice-president of global ...

8th Brazil Agrochemshow

The 8th Brazil Agrochemshow trade fair will take place on August 11th-12th 2015 at the Hotel Caesar Park, Sao Paulo, Brazil. It is marketed as the country’s maj...