Basic issues like sustainability, life-cycle assessment, evolution, plant nutrition and organic crop protection are subjects of lively discussions in the industry. Besides them we are following up on those trends that will affect the crop protection industry most in the future. What are the new perspectives recently developed in disease management? What are the new GMOs and newly approved technologies? How environmental regulations, registrations and EU restrictions influence the making, formulating and registering new products? What are the impacts of the increased commoditization of crop protection products? How new discoveries in microbial research might change protocols for plant health?