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BASF Files for Registration of Two Active Ingredients

Innovations expected to influence crop management worldwide

Mississauga, ON, June 4, 2010 – BASF has made multi-lateral, worldwide regulatory submissions for two new products — XEMIUM fungicide and INITIUM fungicide. These two new fungicides were submitted to the regulatory authorities in Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia simultaneously and will be reviewed under global review.

“Ongoing laboratory and in-field research shows that these products will provide a unique fit for Canadian growers across all crop markets,” said Brian Denys, Business Director, BASF Canada Crop Protection. “XEMIUM and INITIUM fungicides are the result of the BASF research and discovery process. We are committed to bringing innovative solutions to the market to help growers get the most out of every acre.”

BASF researches more than 100,000 chemical compounds for each one it brings to the market. BASF has several new crop protection products in its pipeline, with 28 products expected to be introduced during the next four years. 

XEMIUM, a novel broad-spectrum compound, is being studied in a wide range of crops including fruits, vegetables and row crops. 

INITIUM fungicide, a new class of chemistry, is being researched on a number of specialty crops and will bring growers added disease protection. 

“By providing new and innovative options for a range of important Canadian crops, XEMIUM and INITIUM will give growers the confidence and convenience they need from a fungicide,” said Wayne Barton, Fungicide Market Manager, BASF Canada Crop Protection.

About BASF Crop Protection Division

With sales of €4.0 billion in 2010, BASF’s Crop Protection division is a leader in crop protection and a strong partner to the farming industry providing well-established and innovative fungicides, insecticides and herbicides. Farmers use these products and services to improve crop yields and crop quality. Other uses include public health, structural/urban pest control, turf and ornamental plants, vegetation management, and forestry. BASF aims to turn knowledge rapidly into market success. The vision of BASF’s Crop Protection division is to be the world’s leading innovator, optimizing agricultural production, improving nutrition, and thus enhancing the quality of life for a growing world population. Further information can be found on the web at or follow us on twitter:

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