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  • 2017 Overview of Global GMO Development2018-03-14

    In 2016, global GMO planting areas rebounded quickly after the declination in 2015. According to ISAAA, GMO planting areas of 2016 reached 185.1 million hectares, 3 percent up year on year, being roughly 5.40 million hectares. Besides the increase in planting areas, more and more GM crop varieties have been approved and also commercialized.

  • 2017 Summary of Global Seed Industry2018-03-13

    Acquisition and divestment remained mainstream in the global seed industry of 2017, along with some in-depth restructuring. In the past year, ChemChina completed its acquisition of Syngenta, while the merger between Dows AgroSciences and DuPont was concluded. Bayer CropScience made a breakthrough in its process of acquisition of Monsanto, having passed all the US regulations, and is expected to be closed in the first half of 2018.

  • Summary and Analysis of Mergers between Global Seed Companies in 2016 (Update Version)2017-05-03

    Following a large number of mergers in the past few years, the global seed market is now represented by multinationals such as Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta, and Limagrain, who have expanded their businesses all over the world. Among them, Monsanto and DuPont, headquartered in Missouri and Delaware, respectively, in the United States, took 20% and 15% of the world’s total seed market share in 2014, ranking Nos 1 and 2.

  • Summary and Analysis of Mergers between Global Seed Companies in 20162017-03-01

    Following a large number of mergers in the past few years, the global seed market is now represented by multinationals such as Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta, and Limagrain, who have expanded their businesses all over the world. Among them, Monsanto and DuPont, headquartered in Missouri and Delaware, respectively, in the United States, took 20% and 15% of the world’s total seed market share in 2014, ranking Nos 1 and 2.

  • What is “Biorational Products”?2016-06-08

    Conception of “Biorational Products” Recently, Sumitomo Chemical announced its annual report of fiscal year 2015. Sales of Sumitomo Chemical’s Health & Crop Sciences division rose by 3.9% compared with the previous fiscal year. The increased income was mainly because sales of agriculture chemicals, biorational crop protection products and methionine rose as expected. The company said, “Biorational products is one of the focuses of Sumitomo’s ‘Accelerate the Launch of Next-Generation Businesses’ plan, the main focused sectors of biorationals business in future are microbial pesticides (core products: DiPel®, XenTari®), plant growth regulators (ProGibb®, Promalin®, ReTain®, ProTone®) and microbial agricultural materials (mycorrhizal fungi).” Meanwhile, Sumitomo Chemical is working to develop crop stress management products which have the effect of boosting crop yields by increasing plant resistance to environmental stress from low and high temperatures and drought, in addition to existing crop protection products which are effective against disease and insect stress.

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