Interview Series 2: Future Development Trends for Crop Protection
−− Interview with Kathleen Shelton, Global R&D Director, FMC Agricultural Solutions
Mar. 5, 2018
Q1: One of the most trends in the last few years has been watching the growth of new active ingredients become slow. How do you look at this? What do you think the main development direction of new pesticide over the next 10 years? New active ingredients or new formulations?
Kathleen Shelton: The hurdle for new active ingredients has always been high as the molecules must have compelling biological activity to growers as well as meet stringent and specific requirements for registration. New pesticides will be expected to meet ever increasing regulatory requirements as well, though the need for new active ingredients will remain because resistant pests will also occur. Growers will be relying on new innovative products to combat resistance as well as look for products with improved attributes. New formulations also will be valuable to growers to enhance or improve activity. So, growers will need innovation in all areas.
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