From new products to pesticides with potential to kill bees, this week’s headlines are heating up in the agrochemical industry. Here is the latest roundup of what’s happening:

ABA Chemicals Shows Growth in Quarter One Thanks to Overseas Markets

High-end contract manufacturer and pesticide intermediary ABA Chemicals started off its first quarter with high-end profits. The company’s profits surged by 25 to 55 percent in the first quarter due to growth of contract production for pesticides in markets overseas. ABA Chemicals has helped agrochemical companies such as Bayer and DuPont in early-stage research of pesticides via joint research initiatives, and its efforts have paid off. The companies strategic initiatives and automated production have made it a force that agrochemical investors and competing agrochemical companies may want to follow.

Brazil Anvisa Makes a Move to Exclude Unused Active Ingredients

Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency (Anivsa) is making plans to remove active ingredients from pesticides deemed obsolete. These ingredients are not currently used in the market but may exist in agrochemicals. Anivsa plans to review the list of these approved but obsolete active ingredients in an effort to reduce criticism regarding pesticides that exist in the country but is prohibited in other countries. There is a proposal to exclude 34 pesticide monographs. These monographs list important information, including the toxicity levels and the crops farmers are authorized for applications.
This marks the first time in over a decade that Anivsa is proactively revising its list of authorized active ingredients in agrochemicals without the need for a review due to health or safety concerns. An exclusion will make it harder for these ingredients to be reused and registered since the exclusion will prohibit the use of these ingredients.

Miravis Ace Makes its U.S. Debut

Syngenta recently announced the debut of its Miravis Ace fungicide premix in the United States. This fungicide is marketed to provide farmers who grow wheat more convenience and flexibility to control head scab, which is a fungal disease that is common among wheat. The company highlights that this premix is a “first-of-its-kind” and has the potential to increase growers’ window of application by 50 percent. This gives farmers the opportunity to improve wheat crop planning and reduce the risk of uncertainty of bushel production. With this innovative product, Syngenta is enhancing its competitive advantage against other leading agrochemical companies.

New Study Suggests Pesticide-Fungicide Combination Has Potential to Kill Bees

Bayer’s Flupyradifurone (FPF) pesticide is used to control whiteflies and aphids. This pesticide is sold by its brand name Sivanto and may be combined with a fungicide. However, a new study in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. journal suggests that this pesticide is harmful and even lethal to honey bees when combined with the fungicide propiconazole (PRO). The study reveals that only a low dosage of an FPF-PRO combination is needed to harmfully impact honey bees. The adverse impact quadruples for worker bees compared to bees that stay in their hives.
This discovery may pose issues for the agrochemical industry as FPF has been marketed as a safe and effective alternative to neonicotinoids to help get rid of diseases and pests sans killing bees. It’s important for agrochemical companies and industry leaders to watch the development of this news as it may lead to additional restrictions or regulations.