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42 I EUROPEAN SEED I EUROPEAN-SEED.COM INDUSTRY NEWS TAILORED TO SEED PROFESSIONALS INDUSTRY NEWS DELIVERS THE PEOPLE RESEARCH BUSINESS AND PRODUCT NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW. SUBMISSIONS ARE WELCOME. EMAIL US AT NEWSISSUESINK.COM. BY MARC ZIENKIEWICZ BUSINESS NEWS German seed producer KWS Saat SE increased its net sales in the first nine months of fiscal 20142015 by 6.9 per cent year on year to 777.8 million previous year 727.4 m illion. The corn and sugarbeet segments gained market share in a tough economic environment thanks to strong variety performance. In line with its long-term corporate strategy the planned expansion of its research and development and distribution activities in the first nine months resulted in higher function costs. Operating income EBIT was therefore down from the previous year at 140.1 145.8 million. Arysta LifeScience Europe recently announced a new organisational structure to leverage its scale and accelerate the companys growth in this key market. The new European management structure which is effective immediately is designed to further strengthen the companys current performance while capitalising on long-term growth opportunities. The company says it now can offer all its customers a more complete portfolio of traditional crop protection products seed treatments biological products biostimulants innovative nutrition and adjuvants. The new leadership team that will manage the Europe Business Unit includes Paul Thomson as head of Research Development Jozef Michrina as head of Marketing Guy de Froberville as head of Commercial Distribution countries and third-party relations Hildo Brilleman as head of Central and Eastern Europe Gilles Cerutti as head of Operations and Supply Chain Wim van de Wiele as chief financial officer Guilhem de Gaillard as legal counsel Ag Division Michel Bihry as head of Human Resources. Vilmorin Cie finalised the full acquisition of the company Tropdicorp. Tropdicorp is a Vietnamese family company founded in 2007 specialised in the cucurbit seeds. This site on the Vietnamese market will enable Vilmorin Cie to strengthen its facilities in Southeast Asia by penetrating the most dynamic country in the region in terms of vegetables seeds development. INDUSTRY NEWS A European program has shown that the co-existence of GM and non-GM crops is possible by applying buffer zones or different sowing dates. The segregation of GM and non-GM products in supply and processing chains depends on different factors that are analysed. Practical Implementation of Co-existence in Europe PRICE researchers have studied how implementable a nd costly these strateg ies a re for farmers agri-food supply chain operators and consumers. They found that the current measures implemented to ensure co-existence of GM and non-GM crops in the EU are practically feasible both at farm level and along the supply chain. However these measures come with additional costs which are partly paid by consumers and other supply chain stakeholders. In summary researchers said PRICE has found that coexistence of GM and non-GM products in Europe is possible under current EU legislation. The availability of non-GM soybean in the developing world the non-GM price premium the segregation costs along the supply chain and the willingness to pay by EU consumers for the non-GM attribute are crucial factors for the economic sustainability of non-GM voluntary standards in the long run. Lower thresholds or other stricter measures would cause difficulties for the supply of non-GM feedstock. Receptors carrying built-in decoys are the latest discovery in the evolutionary battle between plants and pathogens. Decoy domains within the receptor detect pathogens and raise the cells alarm when there is an infection. Plants display