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Mergers, acquisitions and deals in 2014

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    ChemChina subsidiary Adama Agricultural Solutions' (formerly Makhteshim-Agan Industries) UK subsidiary awarded a three-year storage and distribution contract to logistics company Norbert Dentressangle.

    The US agricultural biologicals company, Advanced Biological Marketing (ABM), entered into an agreement with Dutch seed treatment firm Incotec to combine ABM's inoculants with Incotec's seed coating technologies.

    Dow AgroSciences business unit AgroFresh agreed a partnership with the Dutch company, Van Amerongen CA-Technology, to market a new technology for controlled fruit ripening.

    US plant biotechnology company Arcadia Biosciences granted global rights for its water use efficiency technology to the KWS/Limagrain joint venture, Genective, in genetically modified maize.

    Arysta LifeScience acquired French sustainable agricultural technology company Goёmar from parent companies BeCapital and Pechel Industries.

    BASF agreed a five-year research and development partnership with Brazilian University Unicamp's development agency, Inova, on projects to develop technologies for new crop protection products.

    Bayer CropScience agreed to acquire Argentine seed treatment business Biagro Group.

    Bayer CropScience and French genomics company Cellectis' US subsidiary, Cellectis Plant Science, agreed two new deals covering gene editing in plants.

    Bayer CropScience entered into a manufacturing technology partnership with US biotechnology company GreenLight Biosciences.

    Bayer CropScience and German company Targenomix agreed to collaborate on the development of small crop protection molecules and trait technologies.

    Bayer CropScience and the Brazilian research corporation, Embrapa, signed a research and development deal.

    Mitsui & Co's agrochemical distribution company, Certis Europe, and Chemtura agreed an extension to their distribution deal for Chemtura's seed treatment portfolio.

    Certis USA granted exclusive marketing rights for eight biopesticides in Mexico to Sumitomo Corporation subsidiary Summit Agro Mexico.

    French crop protection company De Sangosse acquired the UK plant growth regulator specialist, Fine Holdings, and its UK subsidiary, Fine Agrochemicals, and its US business, Fine Americas.

    Dow AgroSciences reached an exclusive agreement with the US Sigma-Alpha Corporation for the latter to manufacture and supply zinc finger nuclease reagents for use with Dow's Exzact Precision Technology.

    DuPont seed subsidiary DuPont Pioneer entered into a research collaboration with the US charitable organisation, Two Blades Foundation, to identify genes providing durable resistance to Asian soybean rust (Phakopsora pachyrhizi).

    UK company Eden Research signed a data access and royalty agreement with Spanish firm Desarrollo Agricola y Minero related to the EU approval of three terpene active ingredients in Eden's biofungicides, 3AEY.

    Canadian agrochemical company Engage Agro's US subsidiary, Engage Agro USA, entered into a service agreement with Indian agrochemical firm Sulphur Mills, initially for Sulphur Mills' fungicide/acaricide, Cosavet (sulfur).

    Chinese company Hunan Haili Chemical Industry decided to purchase the pesticide research institute, Hunan Research Institute of Chemical Industry.

    Dutch seed coating company Incotec and Swiss chemical firm Lonza agreed to develop, register and market metaldehyde-treated rice seed for the control of golden-apple snails (Pomacea canaliculata).

    Incotec's Japanese subsidiary, Incotec Japan, and the Japanese federation of agricultural co-operative associations, Zen-Noh, agreed to introduce Incotec's ThermoSeed treatment to the Japanese rice market.

    Chinese company Jiangsu Huifeng Agrochemical acquired a 53.25% stake in Chinese firm Jiangsu Jialong Chemical.

    US biopesticide company Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI) signed a research agreement with the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research for the development of biopesticides and plant health products.

    MBI gained a licence from the Japanese Kao Corporation for an active ingredient aimed at boosting yields through stress resistance.

    MBI gained an exclusive licence to an unnamed plant endophyte from US Brookaven Science Associates for increasing yield and providing drought tolerance.

    MBI and the Italian biostimulants firm, Valagro, agreed to collaborate on the discovery and development of biopesticides and other bioactives.

    MBI and the Dutch life sciences firm, DSM Food Specialties, signed a collaborative agreement involving early-stage research of several biological active ingredients.

    Mitsui Chemicals Agro and BASF entered into a global development and licensing deal for Mitsui's new insecticide, MCI-8007.

    Monsanto entered into a research collaboration with the Canadian pharmaceutical company, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, to develop Tekmira's proprietary RNAi delivery technology for crop protection applications.

    The Brazilian competition authorities conditionally approved Monsanto's licensing of its GM insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant Intacta RR 2 Pro soybeans to Bayer CropScience.

    Monsanto and Danish company Novozymes completed the formation of their BioAg partnership. The companies agreed to form the alliance in December 2013 to develop and commercialise biopesticides and other microbial products worldwide.

    Monsanto supported the establishment of a new US company, Preceres, aimed at the development of new delivery methods for RNAi-based biopesticides.

    The US diagnostics company, Neogen, acquired the US pest control company, Chem-Tech.

    Nufarm entered into an agreement with US crop protection and nutrition company Verdesian Life Sciences to distribute Verdesian's biopesticide, Bloomtime (Pantoea agglomerans strain E325), in the US and Canada.

    The US agricultural inputs company, Pinnacle Agriculture Holdings, acquired the US agrochemical distributor, Performance Ag Services.

    US specialty chemical company Platform Specialty Products agreed to acquire Chemtura AgroSolutions for some $1 billion.

    Israeli biopesticide company Stockton Group appointed Agroklinge as the sole distributor of its biofungicide, Timorex Gold (Melaleuca alternifolia extract), in Peru.

    Sumitomo Chemical decided to merge the Mexican business of its US-based post-harvest pesticide operation, Pace International, with its biorational products subsidiary, Valent de Mexico, from April 1st.

    Sumitomo Corporation subsidiary Summit Agro Chile gained exclusive rights to sell Chilean biopesticide supplier BioAgri's products worldwide excluding Spain and the US.

    Sumitomo Corporation subsidiary Summit Agro International acquired the strobilurin fungicide, metominostrobin, from Bayer CropScience Japan.

    Sumitomo Corporation subsidiary Summit Agro USA began selling Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha's fungicide, Ranman 400 SC (cyazofamid), in the US.

    Syngenta acquired Italian durum wheat seed company Società Produttori Sementi.

    Syngenta entered into an agreement with the US distribution company, Gavilon Grain, to enable farmers to plant its GM insect-resistant Agrisure Duracade maize with the assurance that there will be a market for it.

    Syngenta acquired lettuce germplasm from US lettuce breeding company Eagle Research and Development.

    Syngenta agreed to acquire the winter wheat and winter oilseed rape breeding and business operations from the Swedish group, Lantmännen.

    UPL (formerly United Phosphorus) sold its half of the joint venture, Sipcam UPL Brasil, to its partner, Italian company Sipcam.

    Sumitomo Chemical subsidiary Valent BioSciences and Spanish marine biotechnology company Biomar Microbial Technologies agreed to collaborate on the development of biopesticides and biorational products.

    Sumitomo Chemical subsidiary Valent USA Corporation granted Nufarm marketing and distribution rights to Valent's branded products for the US turf, ornamental and aquatics markets.

    The US agrochemical distributor, Wilbur-Ellis, acquired US state Iowa-based retailer Advanced Ag.

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