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Crop Protection

FMC receives antitrust clearances to acquire DuPont crop protection assets

FMC has received approval from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for the proposed acquisition of a significant portion of DuPont's Crop Protection business. The CCI is the final jurisdiction to grant antitrust clearance needed to satisfy regulatory conditions for closing."FMC is pleased to have.....
UK government scientist:

"Assumed safety of widespread pesticide use is false"

The assumption by regulators around the world that it is safe to use pesticides at industrial scales across landscapes is false, according to a chief scientific adviser to the UK government.The lack of any limit on the total amount of pesticides used and the virtual absence of monitoring of their effects in.....

Syngenta and CURES produce pollinator stewardship film

The Coalition for Urban/Rural Environmental Stewardship (CURES), with support from Syngenta, released an educational film showcasing best-management practices (BMPs) for protecting pollinators on farms and urban landscapes.“Because farmland treated for pests is often shared by pollinators, it is important to.....

US (NY): Call for nominations for Excellence in IPM Awards

The New York State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program seeks nominations for its annual “Excellence in IPM Awards” for the Year 2017.CriteriaCandidates for Excellence in IPM Awards should be individuals or organizations whose work in New York State in IPM deserves special recognition. They can be.....

Bee health: nominations open for EFSA stakeholder group

EFSA is inviting nominations for its new stakeholder discussion group on bees. The group has been set up to establish the terms of reference for the EU Bee Partnership, which is expected to be up and running in 2018.The proposed partnership was one of the outcomes of the scientific symposium co-organised by.....

BioSafe Systems adds to Food Safety and QA/QC Teams

BioSafe announces the strategic hires of Destinee Anderson as Quality Assurance and Quality Control Manager and Justin Nguyen as Food Safety Sales Representative. Both will be covering all BioSafe segments with a strong focus on Post-Harvest/Food Safety and Meat & Poultry industries.Justin Nguyen will be.....

Tanzania: Bio-rational program successfully manages fall armyworm

Russell IPM's bio-rational program proved to manage Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) in Tanzania successfully — reducing damage in winter maize to less than 5% while traditional pesticides managed to limit the damage to 25-30% only. This will provide a glimmer of hope for African farmers in the fight.....

Marrone partners with Éléphant Vert

Marrone Bio Innovations and Éléphant Vert announce their partnership to distribute two novel biopesticides for sustainable farming in North Africa: Reysana Biofungicide and Majestene Bionematicide.Together, these two players of the biological crop protection market have the products and knowledge to bring.....

Greece: Bayer and IMBB-FORTH collaborate on insect control solutions

Bayer and the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas in Greece (IMBB-FORTH) announced the start of a five-year collaborative research project. This collaboration will seek to reveal key aspects of insect gut physiology and discover novel targets.....

Georgia: European support in fight against brown marmorated stink bug

The Minister of Agriculture of Georgia, Levan Davitashvili met with the Director-General of the EPPO European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization, Mr. Martin Ward. Under the frame of the global climate change, the issues related to the plant protection and pest control have been discussed by.....

High tunnels boost yield, but harbor pests, says Purdue study

A Purdue University study published in Pest Management Science found that populations of pests such as tomato hornworm, cabbage looper, diamondback moth, and cucumber beetle can soar in high tunnels. The researchers believe that rolling up the sides of the tunnel for ventilation provides access for the.....

Transition to management plan, dedicated coordinator to manage tomato potato psyllid in Australia

The National Management Group (NMG) for tomato potato psyllid (TPP) – comprising all Australian governments, affected industries and Plant Health Australia – has agreed to a transition to management phase to manage the ongoing impacts of TPP and risks of Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (CLso) in.....

100 million for new Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks microbiome business

Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks will create a new company focused on the plant microbiome. Improving the microbes' ability to make nitrogen fertilizer available for plants offers a major potential benefit to sustainable agriculture.The deal provides a Series A investment of USD 100 million by its parent companies.....

China: Bacterial Fruit Blotch found in chili seeds from Italy

Recently, the inspectors from Zhejiang Quarantine and Inspection Bureau inspected a batch of chili seeds imported from the UK, but originally from Italy and sent some samples to the lab for further testing. According to the results from both of the labs from the Technic Center of Zhejiang and Shanghai Entry/.....