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The persistence of pesticides threatens European soils

The persistence of pesticides threatens European soils

| January 30, 2019

A study by researchers from the Diverfarming project has found pesticide residues in the soils of eleven European countries in six different cropping systems. The use of phytosanitary projects to combat weeds and other pests that affect the crops has led to an increase in the productivity of European agricultural crops in the last 50 […]

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Sustainable bananas in greenhouses: first ‘Dutch bananas’ harvested

Sustainable bananas in greenhouses: first ‘Dutch bananas’ harvested

| January 30, 2019

Researchers from Wageningen University & Research harvested the first ever Dutch bananas in December 2018. Boerenhart, a supplier of fresh and local products offered the bananas as ‘regional produce’ to restaurants and hospitals in the area around Wageningen. The cultivation took place on two types of synthetic soil substrate: coco peat and rock wool. These […]

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WHO pre-qualification for Fludora™ Fusion to combat malaria

WHO pre-qualification for Fludora™ Fusion to combat malaria

| January 30, 2019

The recent WHO Malaria Report 2018 flagged another stalling in the progress towards elimination of the disease, in part due to development of insecticide resistance in vector mosquitoes to current preventative solutions. There is therefore an urgent need to maintain investment into innovation for malaria vector control; to develop new modes of action but also […]

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International news in brief – November/December 2018

International news in brief – November/December 2018

| December 7, 2018

Europe’s largest flow-through mesocosm launches in Yorkshire Europe’s first fully flow-through, edge of field waterbody safety assessment facility has been opened by Kevin Hollinrake, UK Member of Parliament for Thirsk and Malton at an event in York, England. The E-Flows mesocosm is a ground-breaking project designed and developed by translational science and research organisation Fera […]

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International news in brief – September/October 2018

International news in brief – September/October 2018

| November 1, 2018

Registration of three new products BASF has started the global registration initiatives for two new herbicide active ingredients. The company submitted the regulatory dossier for Luximo™ herbicide in the European Union (EU) and in Australia and for Tirexor™ herbicide in Australia as well. These steps are important milestones in expanding BASF’s global herbicide portfolio. The […]

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International news in brief – July/August 2018

International news in brief – July/August 2018

| August 14, 2018

Bayer appeals verdict on neonicotinoids Bayer plans to appeal against the recent ruling of the General Court of the European Union in Case T-429/13. The company is concerned that the verdict, announced in May, could have far-reaching consequences for the certainty and predictability of active substance approvals in the European Union (EU). By appealing against […]

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International news in brief – May/June 2018

International news in brief – May/June 2018

| August 10, 2018

World: Bayer acquisition of Monsanto Bayer completed the acquisition of Monsanto on 7th June following the receipt of all the required approvals from regulatory authorities and Bayer is now the sole owner of Monsanto. “The acquisition of Monsanto is a strategic milestone in strengthening our portfolio of leading businesses in health and nutrition. We will […]

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International news in brief – March/April 2018

International news in brief – March/April 2018

| April 20, 2018

DE: Bayer to sell vegetable seeds business Bayer is in exclusive talks with BASF on the sale of its entire vegetable seeds business. On 13 Oct 2017, Bayer had already agreed to sell selected Crop Science businesses to BASF for EUR 5.9bn This first package covers Bayer’s global glufosinate-ammonium business and the related LibertyLink technology […]

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International news in brief – January/February 2018

International news in brief – January/February 2018

| February 20, 2018

UK: Drone technology benefits from the use of motion plastics   Effective pest control can often be difficult, especially if surrounding areas must be protected. The FitoStinger drone was developed for this purpose by the Technology & Advances Solutions (TSA) Centre in Spain. It is equipped with an extendable arm, which allows for precise spraying […]

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International news in brief – November/December 2017

International news in brief – November/December 2017

| December 19, 2017

TZ: Biocontrol program manages Fall Armyworm A programme developed by Russell IPM has proven to manage Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) in Tanzania successfully — reducing damage in winter maize to less than 5% compared to pesticides at 25-30%. The research by TPRI, Arusha, Tanzania was conducted in three regions in Tanzania in winter maize crops […]

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