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
FMC has introduced the herbicide, Authority Edge (sulfentrazone + Kumiai Chemical’s pyroxasulfone), for use in soybeans, sunflowers and dry shelled peas, including chickpeas.
Australian biopesticide company AgBiTech (Glenvale, Queensland) has entered into a distribution agreement with UPL for two viral insecticides in multiple African countries.
As was the case with Europe and North America, the herbicide, glyphosate was the cause of headline news in Asia.
Syngenta has received US approval for its fungicidal seed treatment, Vibrance Ultra Potato (mandipropamid + difenoconazole + sedaxane), for use on potatoes.
The US EPA has proposed the approval of Bayer Crop Science division’s herbicide, Balance Bean (isoxaflutole 480 g/litre), for use on genetically modified isoxaflutole-tolerant soybeans.
Numerous lawsuits against Bayer legacy company Monsanto over the alleged cancer risks of its herbicide, Roundup (glyphosate), continued to dominate the news in the US last year.