Bayer and MS Technologies Receive Trait Approval
Bayer CropScience and MS Technologies LLC have achieved a milestone on their path to delivering new solutions for soybean farmers. The dual herbicide tolerance trait Balance GT has received cultivation approval from the United States Department of Agriculture. This step follows approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and approvals already received for cultivation, food and feed uses in Canada, and import into Australia and New Zealand. Heralded as an alternate tool for weed control and resistance management the technology confers tolerance to both isoxaflutole and glyphosate herbicides. The first launch is planned for the United States by mid-decade, pending regulatory approvals. Balance GT is expected to be one of the first dual-herbicide tolerant products for soybeans on the market in the U.S.
Source: Seed World
Issue: October
http://www.seedworld.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=675%3Aregulatory-roundup-seed-world-october-2013&catid=124&Itemid=120

Syngenta Receives Registrations for Seed Treatment
Syngenta has received federal registration for Vibrance seed treatment fungicide for more than 30 additional crops, including corn. Vibrance contains sedaxane and is the company’s first active ingredient developed specifically for use as a seed treatment. According to the company, the chemistry unlocks the power of root health by providing ideal soil mobility and enhancing biotic/abiotic stress management. “This addition to our diverse portfolio further strengthens our ability to protect seeds and seedlings against disease, which otherwise may impact yield potential negatively,” says David Winston, Seedcare product lead at Syngenta. In addition to field corn, Vibrance received approval for sweet corn, popcorn and forage corn, as well as sorghum and dry beans.
Source: Seed World
Issue: October
http://www.seedworld.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=675%3Aregulatory-roundup-seed-world-october-2013&catid=124&Itemid=120

Supreme Court Holds: Patent Exhaustion Does Not Apply to Patented Seeds
Patent law experts say the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Bowman v. Monsanto will provide the seed industry with a sense of security and will ensure thousands of patents will be enforcible for their lifetimes.
Source: Seed World
Issue: September
http://www.seedworld.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=652%3Abowman-vs-monsanto-seed-world-september-2013&catid=122&Itemid=306

China Approves Drought Tolerant Hybrids
China has officially granted full regulatory import authorization for Monsanto Company’s biotechnology trait in Genuity DroughtGard hybrids, as part of a series of approvals.
Source: Seed World
Issue: September
http://www.seedworld.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=658%3Aregulatory-roundup-seed-world-september-2013&catid=122&Itemid=306

USDA Approves Syngenta Trait for 2014
Syngenta has announced that the United States Department of Agriculture has fully deregulated Agrisure Duracade, enabling its launch in the United States for the 2014 planting season. Agrisure Duracade expresses a unique protein to control corn rootworm, and has a different mode of action than Syngenta’s Agrisure RW trait.
Source: Seed World
Issue: June
http://www.seedworld.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=635%3Aregulatory-roundup-seed-world-june-2013&catid=119&Itemid=302

DuPont and Monsanto Reach License Agreements
DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto Company have announced a series of technology licensing agreements that will expand the range of seed product offerings. The agreements include a multi-year, royalty-bearing license for Monsanto’s next-generation soybean technologies in the United States and Canada. Through these agreements, DuPont will be able to offer Genuity Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans as early as 2014, and Genuity RR2 Xtend glyphosate and dicamba tolerant soybeans as early as 2015, pending regulatory approvals.
Source: Seed World
Issue: June
http://www.seedworld.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=635%3Aregulatory-roundup-seed-world-june-2013&catid=119&Itemid=302

Syngenta to Offer Bio-Control Nematicide for SCN
The U.S. EPA granted registration approval to Syngenta for its bio-control nematicide seed treatment featuring a unique, direct mode of action that is lethal to the soybean cyst nematode. “It provides instant activity from the moment of planting and offers season-long protection,” says David Winston, seed care product lead for Syngenta. The bio-control nematicide will be commercialized for the 2014 season.
Source: Seed World
Issue: June
http://www.seedworld.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=635%3Aregulatory-roundup-seed-world-june-2013&catid=119&Itemid=302

DAS GRANTED U.S. PATENT FOR SECOND ENLIST TRAIT
Dow AgroSciences LLC has announced the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 8,283,522, covering crop plants containing another of DAS’ innovative class of herbicide-tolerant traits.
Source: Seed World
Issue: Feb
http://www.seedworld.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=589%3Aregulatory-roundup-seed-world-january-2013&catid=107&Itemid=294

DAS WINS POSITION IN KEY TECHNOLOGY CASE
Dow AgroSciences LLC has won its motion for summary judgment in a key patent infringement lawsuit involving its Enlist Weed Control System.
Source: Seed World
Issue: January
http://www.seedworld.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=572%3Aregulatory-roundup-seed-world-december-2012&catid=105&Itemid=292

New crops approved for Topguard fungicide
Topguard fungicide's row crop registration has been expanded to include field corn, field corn grown for seed, popcorn, sugar beets and peanuts, in addition to soybeans.
Source: AG Professional
Issue: September 2012
http://www.agprofessional.com/news/New-crops-approved-for-Topguard-fungicide-171540041.html

3-D time-lapse imaging captures twisted root mechanics
Using an advanced 3-D time-lapse imaging system, a group of physicists and plant biologists from Cornell University and the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research have discovered how certain plant roots exhibit powerful mechanical abilities while navigating their environment.
Source: AG Professional
http://www.agprofessional.com/news/3-D-time-lapse-imaging-captures-twisted-root-mechanics-171028101.html

Rains spur planting as Brazil gears up for record soy crop
Farmers in Brazil's grain belt jump-started planting after early showers set the scene for what is expected to be a bumper corn and record soy crop, producers and analysts said on Friday
Source: AG Professional
http://www.agprofessional.com/news/Rains-spur-planting-as-Brazil-gears-up-for-record-soy-crop-170985371.html

Frogeye leaf spot resistant to strobilurins?
A crop consultant working in southeast Missouri recently examined a soybean field that had many plants infected with frogeye leaf spot, and the field had previously been treated with a strobilurin fungicide. Isolates collected from four leaves were sensitive to strobilurin fungicides, but the isolates from six leaves were resistant to strobilurin fungicides. This is the first confirmed finding in Missouri of this pathogen that is strobilurin resistant.
Source: Ag Professional
Issue: September
http://www.agprofessional.com/resource-centers/soybean/disease/news/Frogeye-leaf-spot-resistant-to-strobilurins-129544063.html

EPA to rate products for drift reduction in 2013
By next summer, ag retailers and farmers could find language on some pesticide labels that recommends verified use of drift reduction technology (DRT) equipment or products for spray applications
Source: Ag Professional
Issue: August 2012
http://www.agprofessional.com/news/EPA-to-rate-products-for-drift-reduction-in-2013-166325906.html

FMC anticipates registration of two new herbicides
FMC Corporation anticipates Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval of two new herbicides, Anthem and Anthem ATZ, for corn in late 2012.
Source: AG Professional
Issue: August
http://www.agprofessional.com/news/FMC-anticipates-registration-of-two-new-herbicides-166100576.html

First results released from nationwide bee count
A San Francisco State University biologist has released the initial results of her nationwide citizen science project to count bee populations and has found low numbers of bees in urban areas across America, adding weight to the theory that habitat loss is one of the primary reasons for sharp declines in the population of bees and other important pollinators.
Source: AG Professional Weekly
Issue: July 16 2012
http://www.agprofessional.com/newsletters/agpro-weekly/articles/Researcher-releases-first-results-from-nationwide-bee-count-162104315.html

Chinese Scientists Identify Rice Gene for Improved Yields
Researchers in China have identified a rice gene that could improve both the quality and yield of the staple crop. Xiangdong Fu, a geneticist at the Institute of Genetics and Development Biology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China, and colleagues first discovered the gene — known as GW8 — while studying basmati rice in Pakistan.
Source: Seed Today
Issue: July 2012
http://www.seedtoday.com/articles/Chinese_Scientists_Identify_Rice_Gene_for_Improved_Yields-124339.html

New Vibrance fungicide seed treatment available from Syngenta
Syngenta just received EPA approval for a new fungicide that is specifically a seed treatment targeted for root health. The new seed treatment/fungicide called Vibrance is registered for use on cereals, soybeans and canola. The active ingredient is sedaxane, which offers a new mode of action. Through this new mode of action from the SDHI class of fungicides, sedaxane provides disease protection that aids root health, which Syngenta calls Rooting Power.
Source: Farm Industry News
Issue: July 2012
http://farmindustrynews.com/seed-treatments/new-vibrance-fungicide-seed-treatment-available-syngenta

Monsanto and DuPont take seed battle to trial
Opening arguments were underway Tuesday in a potentially pivotal legal battle between agricultural giants Monsanto and DuPont over Monsanto's control of a popular seed technology worth billions of dollars. The rivals have been fighting for years and the trial in federal court in St. Louis represents only part of an ongoing argument over the use of lucrative seed technology that makes soybeans, corn and other crops tolerant of glyphosate-based herbicide, letting farmers spray the weed killer directly over the crops.
Source: Seed Today after Chicago Tribune
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-rt-us-monsanto-trialbre86915e-20120710,0,1516502.story

GM wheat trial continues despite opposition
Scientists at one of the world's oldest plant research centers in Britain are conducting their most high-profile GM trial to date. It has rekindled debate and protest. In its beautiful grounds in Harpenden near London, a team at Rothamsted Research has genetically engineered wheat to produce an odor that repels one of the crop's main pests - aphids. But as the first open air trial of GM in a decade in Britain, the experiment has caught the attention of pro and anti-GM activists worldwide.
Source: Seed Today
Issue: July 2012
http://www.dw.de/dw/article/0,,16074608,00.html

Private Industry Investing Heavily, and Globally, in Research To Improve Agricultural Productivity
In 2010, global private-sector investments in research and development (R&D) to improve agricultural inputs reached $11.0 billion, up from $5.6 billion in 1994. R&D spending as a share of product sales exceeded 7 percent in the industries supplying crop protection chemicals, crop seed and biotechnology traits, animal health products, and animal breeding and genetic inputs to agriculture. Many of the leading agricultural input firms have located R&D facilities around the world; this globalization may accelerate the rate of international technology transfer.
Source: USDA/ERS
Issue: June 2012
http://www.ers.usda.gov/amber-waves/2012-june/private-industry.aspx

Preparing for Patent Expiration
The seed industry aims to ease the transition of seed technology once patents expire. During the past year and a half, a core group of individuals representing the U.S. seed industry have been working through the details of creating a framework to help transition from patented to generic biotech events. In 2014, the first widely grown plant biotechnology event will lose patent protection with many more to come in the following years. Read online to find out about accord.
Source: Seed World
Issue: June 2012
http://www.seedworld.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=487:preparing-for-patent-expiration-seed-world-june-2012&catid=83

How Is Land in the United States Used? A Focus on Agricultural Land
How land is used and changes in land use have implications for commodity production and trade, soil and water conservation, bioenergy supply, climate change adaptation, and many other policy issues. A complex set of factors, including commodity prices; production technology; demand for land for residential, commercial, and industrial development; and agricultural and bioenergy policies, can induce land-use change as landowners respond to market conditions and try to maximize the returns to their land. In 2007, 408 million acres of agricultural land were in cropland (down 17 percent from 1949), 614 million acres were in pasture and range (down 3 percent), 127 million acres were in grazed forestland (down 52 percent), and 12 million acres were in farmsteads and farm roads (down 19 percent). Nonagricultural uses have increased from 37 to 49 percent of the land base, largely due to a fourfold increase in National Parks and National Wilderness/Wildlife areas, particularly in Alaska.
Source: USDA/ERS
Issue: March 2012
http://www.ers.usda.gov/amber-waves/2012-march/data-feature-how-is-land-used.aspx

Monsanto may lose GM soya royalties throughout Brazil
The biotechnology giant Monsanto is one step closer to losing billions of dollars in revenues from its genetically-modified (GM) Roundup Ready soya beans, following a ruling this week by the Brazilian Supreme Court of Justice.
Source: Seed Today
Issue: June 2012
http://www.nature.com/news/monsanto-may-lose-gm-soya-royalties-throughout-brazil-1.10837

BASF has reached a supply agreement with Monsanto Company for fungicide seed treatments
BASF has reached an exclusive supply agreement with Monsanto Company for fungicide seed treatments for cotton and soybeans in North America. Monsanto’s next generation Acceleron seed treatment products for soybeans and cotton will contain F500—the same active ingredient found in Headline fungicide—and the innovative Xemium fungicide, which is expected to be registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency this year.
Source: Seed World
Issue: June 2012
http://www.seedworld.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=495:industry-news-seed-world-june-2012&catid=83



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