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Adjuvants & Formulations
Bimonthly magazine for agchem specialists (former Adjuvant Newsletter)

May / June 2020

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Biopesticides and biostimulants: adjuvant knowledge lags behind increased use

Information on tank-mix adjuvants and formulation aids for biopesticides and biostimulants is fragmented and far from complete. Those wishing to know the latest on biocompatible, biodegradable and sustainable products must work through catalogs, patents and scientific papers. Adjuvants & Formulations explored this highly varied landscape.
Picture: diamondback moth infected by entomopathogenic fungus; Keith Weller, USDA ARS

Patents in brief

Chinese pesticide chemists have developed a microemulsion formulation for a non-volatile phenoxyacetic herbicide that can be considered as a complex ester of 2,4-D. Adama presents stable liquid formulations for a fluoropyrimidinone fungicide that is also not yet commercialised; this active ingredient is originally patented by Dow AgroSciences.

Adjuvants & Formulations also reports about activities of other companies as well as universities, such as:

  • Adjuvants and formulation aids from companies outside the agchem field
  • MCPA-derivative as oil phase in herbicidal OD formulations
  • Milling method to reduce risk of crystallization

Book reviews and announcements

The Chinese publisher Chemical Industry Press has recently released a series of Chinese-language hard cover books about pesticide research in China. The eight volumes cover all aspects of pesticides: innovation, formulation, production, trade, application, environmental risk assessment and residues.
The new books section of Adjuvants & Formulations has also a recently published work on deep eutectic solvents and other (hand)books that can serve as eye-opener or that can broaden and deepen one's know-how.

And further

  • Close down of Plant Protection Chemistry NZ
  • Nanocomposites for delivering agrochemicals: A comprehensive review
  • Development of ZnO nanoparticles as an efficient Zn fertiliser
  • Photoprotective dispersant
  • Argan shell crude extracts for emulsification of oil in water
  • Eggplant for emulsification of oil-in-water
  • Formulation optimization of D-limonene-loaded nanoemulsions
  • Calendar or agrometeorological data-based decision for fungicide applications in soybeans
  • Adjuvant and formulation news from the annual meetings of the Northeastern Weed Science Society.


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