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Advanced biofuels from Clariant’s pioneering ‘sunliquid’ plant

Speciality chemicals world leader, Clariant, has started the construction of the first large-scale commercial ‘sunliquid’ plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol made from agricultural residues.

At the flagship facility, the sunliquid technology developed by Clariant is being used on an industrial scale for the first time.

BASF registers two new herbicides

BASF has begun the registration process in the EU and Australia for two new herbicides that it says have demonstrated excellent performance against a broad range of difficult-to- control grasses and broadleaf weeds. 

Luximo, which is being registered in the EU and Australia, has an active ingredient that provides pre-emergence, residual control against a broad range of grasses, including blackgrass and ryegrass in winter cereals. The molecule boasts a novel mode of action (MoA) to control grasses that have developed resistance. 

Europe’s largest mesocosm nears completion

Building work on Fera Science Limited’s new mesocosm testing facility is nearing completion in Sand Hutton, near York, UK. The E-Flows mesocosm is a groundbreaking project developed in partnership by Fera (formerly the Food and Environment Research Agency), the Centre for Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) and supported by Innovative UK. It has been designed, developed and will be managed and operated by Fera for use by the agri-tech industry and researchers.

EU votes to ban neonicotinoids

EU member states have voted to impose a near- total ban on neonicotinoid insecticides – the most widely used class of insecticides in the world – across the region. The ban will cover all crops grown outdoors, but growers will still be free to use them in greenhouses across the EU.

EU clears way for Bayer, Monsanto mega-merger

Agrichemical giant Bayer has won EU antitrust approval for its US$62.5 billion acquisition of Monsanto, Reuters reports, on condition that Bayer sells off substantial parts of its business. If the merger goes ahead, it would create a company with control of more than a quarter of the world’s seed and pesticides market.

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