Andy briefly served as UK Editor in 1995 and spent a year as North American Editor 1997/98. He has spent much of his career specialising in US legal and regulatory issues. His main focus now is on business and product news.
Andy compiles the annual top 20 ranking of agrochemical companies and monthly round-ups of M&A activity and new active ingredient approvals/launches.
He has a BSc in agricultural botany.
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Latest From Andy Beer
Japanese company Idemitsu Kosan's agrochemical subsidiary, SDS Biotech, recorded an 8.7% drop in sales to ¥2,220 million ($21 million at the current rate) in the three months to June 30th 2019, which was the first quarter of its fiscal 2020.
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has decided to allow the continued registration of the insecticide/molluscicide, methiocarb, following a lengthy review.
Syngenta has received US approval for use of the established insecticide, Acelepryn (chlorantraniliprole), for use in ornamental nurseries as well as greenhouses.
The Australian University of Queensland (Brisbane) has applied to the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) for the limited and controlled release of genetically modified microalgae (Nannochloropsis oceanica) with increased production of fatty acids.
The US agricultural technology company, Yield10 Bioscience, has received a notice of allowance from the US Patent and Trademark Office for a patent application (US15/897,958) covering its C4001 trait to improve seed yield in crops.
The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority is considering an application to release the parasitoid wasp, Pauesia nigrovaria, as a biological control agent against the invasive willow aphid (Tuberolachnus salignus).