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BASF and AgBiome collaborate on new fungicide for Europe, Middle East and Africa


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ASF and AgBiome have formed an agreement to bring a new biological fungicide to the market in


Europe and key countries in the Middle East and Africa. Developed by AgBiome, the biological fungicide has multiple modes of action and provides preventive, long-lasting activity on a broad spectrum of soil-borne and foliar diseases. BASF will support the further development and registration of the fungicide and will be the exclusive distributor in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Subject to successful registrations, first market introductions in selected countries are expected in 2024/2025.


“With this collaboration we will broaden our BioSolutions portfolio, especially in Europe,” said Marco Moorfeld, Vice President for Market Management in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Central Asia at BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division. “We believe that the complementary combination of conventional crop protection and BioSolutions is the way forward for sustainable agriculture and we are convinced that strong partnerships


BASF and AgBiome are bringing a new biological fungicide to the market in Europe and to key countries in the Middle East and Africa. The biological fungicide is active against a borad range of soil-borne and foliar diseases and will be made available for use in vegetables and ornamentals as well as for applications on turf.


in the industry are essential to bring more innovations to the market.” The new biological fungicide is


effective against diseases such as pythium, fusarium, rhizoctonia and botrytis as well as against several other diseases and is based


on the bacterium Pseudomonas chlororaphis – strain AFS009. The fungicide will be made available for use in vegetables and ornamentals as well as for applications on turf such as golf courses. BASf says it can be applied effectively at every


phase of vegetable production from the greenhouse to pre-plant up to harvest, making it a valuable tool to complement conventional crop protection products as part of a comprehensive integrated pest management programme.


Clariant joins the EU Circular Plastics Alliance


Clariant has officially joined the EU Circular Plastics Alliance which aims to enhance plastics recycling in line with the objectives of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan and the Green Deal programme. Clariant says its engagement is part of the company’s active support for the transition towards a more circular plastics economy. “Shifting towards a global circular plastics economy is an immense challenge that can only be brought forward through ambitious commitments, collaborations and an active stakeholder dialogue. As part


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of the Circular Plastics Alliance, Clariant is looking forward to working closely with other key players in advancing plastics circularity throughout Europe,” said Bernd Hoegemann, Clariant’s Chief Transformation Officer. Clariant is committed to the Alliance’s goal to boost the EU market for recycled plastics to 10 million tons by 2025. The company’s focus is on addressing the obstacles that are hampering a higher circularity of products within the plastics value chain, in line with the waste hierarchy principles. The company’s strategy


is based on a combination of design for reduction, recycling, and reuse options, as well as solutions for mechanical or chemical recycling.


“Speciality chemicals can act


as enablers for new solutions that enhance circularity of plastics by maintaining the value of products, materials and resources in the economy for as long as possible, and by minimizing the generation of waste. Clariant aims to be a leading provider of speciality chemicals that are indispensable to transform a one-way plastics value chain into a circular


plastics economy,” added Richard Haldimann, Head of Sustainability Transformation. In 2019, Clariant also


established EcoCircle, a company- wide initiative that goes beyond a product focus, looking at the entire value chain, identifying the most sustainable and viable solutions for a circular plastics economy. “With EcoCircle we have the right platform and competencies to identify solutions for closing the loop and to engage with key stakeholders to accelerate plastics circularity,” added Haldimann.


March/April 2021 • Issue 2


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