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  • April 22- DuPont is buying a California- based microbiome discovery company for development of biological crop products, a move that the chemical and crop company hopes will give it an edge in an emerging agricultural market. DuPont's announcement on Wednesday did not disclose how much it is paying for Taxon Biosciences Inc, but said the 15- year-old company...

  • April 22- DuPont is buying a California- based microbiome discovery company for development of biological crop products, a move that the chemical and crop company hopes will give it an edge in an emerging agricultural market. DuPont's announcement on Wednesday did not disclose how much it is paying for Taxon Biosciences Inc, but said the 15- year-old company...

  • April 21- DuPont's weak quarterly sales and lowered annual profit forecast provided fresh ammunition to Nelson Peltz in his campaign to win board seats and split up the chemical maker. Peltz's hedge fund Trian Fund Management, DuPont's fifth-largest shareholder with a 2.7 percent stake, has for months criticized DuPont's underperformance.

  • April 21- DuPont's weak quarterly sales and lowered annual profit forecast is expected to provide fresh ammunition to Nelson Peltz in his campaign to split up the chemical maker. Peltz's hedge fund Trian Fund Management has for months criticized DuPont's underperformance, alleging that the company has repeatedly failed to meet financial targets.

  • Dupont, which receives 60 percent of its sales from outside the United States, said it expects a strong dollar to reduce its 2015 profit by 80 cents per share, higher than its earlier forecast of 60 cents. The company, which is locked in a proxy battle with activist investor Nelson Peltz, also raised its quarterly dividend to 49 cents per share from 47 cents on Tuesday.

  • JERUSALEM, April 19- The mayor of Haifa ordered on Sunday the closure of plants run by Israel's largest refining and petrochemicals group, Oil Refineries, following a report showing high cancer rates in the port city. Oil Refineries said its operating licence and that of a number of its subsidiaries had been cancelled in Israel's third largest city, which is...

  • The herbicide is considered safe by the EPA, as well as many foreign regulatory agencies, including in the European Union. That could change, the EPA said in a statement Friday. "Given increased public interest in glyphosate, EPA may recommend sampling for glyphosate in the future," the agency said in an email response to a Reuters inquiry.

  • The herbicide is considered safe by the EPA, as well as many foreign regulatory agencies, including in the European Union. That could change, the EPA said in a statement Friday. "Given increased public interest in glyphosate, EPA may recommend sampling for glyphosate in the future," the agency said in an email response to a Reuters inquiry.

  • LONDON, April 17- A pullback in bearings maker SKF and crop chemicals group Syngenta weighed on European equities on Friday, keeping a lid on the region's stock markets after a strong run so far this year. Some traders said lingering worries over Greece were also leading investors to trim back positions and take profits on the stock market rally.

  • LONDON, April 17- European stock markets lost ground on Friday, with bearings maker SKF and crop chemicals group Syngenta among the worst performers after posting tepid figures. SKF shares fell 4 percent after the Swedish company forecast flat demand for its products in the second quarter, while Syngenta declined by 3 percent after reporting lower sales.

  • BEIJING, April 16- China will ban water-polluting paper mills, oil refineries, pesticide producers and other industrial plants by the end of 2016, as it moves to tackle severe pollution of the country's water supply. The long-awaited plan comes as the central government steps up its "war on pollution" after years of industrial development that have left...

  • April 9- U.S. consumer groups, scientists and food companies are testing substances ranging from breakfast cereal to breast milk for residues of the world's most widely used herbicide on rising concerns over its possible links to disease. Testing has increased in the last two years, but scientists say requests spiked after a World Health Organization...

  • *Value of pollination in Europe seen at 14.6 bln euros. The European Commission, the EU executive, placed restrictions on three neonicotinoid pesticides from Dec. 1, 2013, citing worries about their impact on bees, but said it would review the situation within two years at most. The makers most affected include Bayer CropScience and Syngenta.

  • April 8- Zep Inc, a maker of maintenance and cleaning chemicals, agreed to be taken private by New Mountain Capital for about $692 million, including net debt. The company's shares rose more than 18 percent to $20.23 in premarket trading on Wednesday, slightly above the offer price of $20.05 per share. Zep's shares, which have fallen nearly 6 percent in the past 12...

  • Cleaning products maker Zep to be taken private Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 8:16 AM ET

    April 8- Zep Inc, a maker of maintenance and cleaning chemicals, agreed to be taken private by New Mountain Capital for about $692 million, including debt.

  • BEIJING, April 8- Three Chinese citizens are taking China's Ministry of Agriculture to court in a bid to make public a toxicology report supporting the approval of Monsanto's popular weedkiller, Roundup, 27 years ago. The case, a rare example of a lawsuit by private citizens against the Chinese government, comes amid renewed attention on glyphosate, the key...

  • Race to the bottom: Cotton vs polyester prices Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 6:15 AM ET

    By Henning Gloystein SINGAPORE, April 7- Bulging cotton inventories in China and slumping oil markets have triggered a race to the bottom between cotton and polyester prices. Futures prices in China, both the world's largest producer and importer, are also down a third. That significantly reduced U.S. exports to China, and added supply to a global cotton market...

  • The EPA approved Enlist Duo on Oct. 15 with a series of restrictions aimed at addressing potential environmental and health hazards. At that time it said the herbicide could be used in six states- Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The regulatory agency added nine more on Wednesday, all key farming states: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota,...

  • With backing from Saudi Aramco and partnerships with well-known industry players including the Linde Group and Brazilian petrochemical company Braskem, Dineen hopes to break into natural gas processing with improvements that make the decades-old technology economical. Abundant domestic natural gas from the shale boom prompted plans by Royal Dutch...

  • An EPA spokeswoman declined to give specifics of the plan, but told Reuters that its requirements will be similar to those placed on a new herbicide product developed by Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical Co.. The company is required to provide extensive reporting to the EPA about instances of weed resistance and to let "relevant stakeholders" know about...