'Chirality and Agrochemicals' by Alan Williams

This major new report is now available. It is a comprehensive review of the way in which the management of the phenomenon of chirality is having an important impact on strategic developments in the agrochemical industry. Where appropriate, lessons are drawn from similar developments in the pharmaceutical industry.

More than 200 agrochemical active ingredients are chiral, about 28% of all agrochemicals; these figures have increased significantly in the past decade.

Many of these compounds are now marketed as single isomers or as enhanced isomeric mixtures and account for 14% of the total agrochemical market value.

The report contains chapters on the nature of chirality (including a full description of the nomenclature), the synthetic pyrethroids, other chiral insecticides, chiral herbicides, chiral fungicides and chiral plant growth regulators. Their commercial importance is compared with their non-chiral counterparts.

In other chapters, the report investigates the process development and manufacturing aspects of chirality and the strategic implications of chiral techniques as a method of product differentiation and of intellectual property management. In this context, the strategic value of a switch from a racemate to a single isomer product, or to one in which there is an enrichment of the most valuable isomers, is thoroughly discussed.

A Glossary and a comprehensive Bibliography are included.

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The report of 130 pages, with over 35 tables and more than 50 figures, is available, for 795 (or US $1245 or Yen 149,000).

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This significant report, is a completely new and up-to-date re-examination of the commercial and strategic importance of chirality in the agrochemical industry. It is essential reading for all those interested in chirality including strategic planners, marketing managers, raw materials and intermediates suppliers and academic researchers. 

In 1992, Alan Williams prepared the first report on the subject and established chirality as a matter of strategic interest and concern to agrochemical companies. Since that date, Alan Williams has been asked to prepare several short papers and editorials on the subject of chirality and to speak at conferences.

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