29-May-2007 - BASF SE

EU greenlights strategic BASF fungicide

Dimethomorph critical component in Agricultural Products division's fruit and vegetables portfolio

The European Commission in April greenlighted BASF's strategic fungicide dimethomorph. The Commission's scientific arm, the European Food and Safety Authority, had previously published a favorable scientific assessment.

According to BASF, its unique mode of action makes dimethomorph such an important fungicide. In addition, the active ingredient has a favorable safety and environmental profile. Acceptance in the EU's list of approved crop protection active ingredients gives the company the security it needs to continue developing new formulations and mixtures with dimethomorph. Mixtures are important for resistance management and to give growers a broader spectrum of control.

"We are very pleased that the Commission has approved dimethomorph. This unique chemistry is an important part of our fungicide portfolio for fruit and vegetables, a high-value segment that is growing faster than the overall crop protection market," said Niels Pörksen, head of fungicide marketing at BASF.

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