Rasi Seeds Pvt Ltd has acquired the hybrid corn seed business of Bayer BioScience in India for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition will immediately help Rasi double its share in the fast growing Indian hybrid corn seed market, estimated at close to Rs 1,000 crore annually.
Smithers Viscient's inaugural conference Advances in Metabolism & Environmental Degradation Science will put the spotlight on current practice in the metabolism and degradation studies that form the basis of almost every pesticide registration data package filed today.
Monsanto Co is hosting a "Bee Summit." Bayer AG is breaking ground on a "Bee Care Center." And Syngenta AG is funding grants for research into the accelerating demise of honeybees in the United States, where the insects pollinate fruits and vegetables that make up roughly a quarter of the American diet.
Growers have been reassured that enough neonicotinoid treated seed will be made available this autumn despite a looming ban.
From 1 December this year, the EU will suspend the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides - imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam - for use on crops attractive to bees, including oilseed rape and maize.