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Andy Beer

Andy Beer is the Deputy Editor at Agrow. His specialisms are in business and product developments (agrochemicals and GM crops) in North America, Australasia and Japan.

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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SDS Biotech sales down 9% in Q1

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. 

Financial Results SDS Biotech

Australia allows continued use of methiocarb

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has decided to allow the continued registration of the insecticide/molluscicide, methiocarb, following a lengthy review. 

Australia APVMA

Expanded US approval for Syngenta's Acelepryn

Syngenta has received US approval for use of the established insecticide, Acelepryn (chlorantraniliprole), for use in ornamental nurseries as well as greenhouses. 

Insecticides Syngenta

Australian University seeks to test GM microalgae

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. 

Australia OGTR

Yield10 gains US patent allowance

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.

Operations Research

New Zealand EPA mulls biocontrol application

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).

New Zealand Biopesticides
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