BASF Presents Innovations in the Pipeline
A media summit was organized by BASF on June 4-6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois with the slogan "Innovation as the Path to Sustainability". The summit focused on technologies and sustainable practices that will equip growers to feed the increasing population as agricultural land deceases and crop inputs become more expensive and tightly regulated.
BASF presented their products that are currently in the research pipeline which are focused on crop protection and plant biotech innovations. One of the products is called Engenia, which is a dicamba-tolerant crop system which they developed in partnership with Monsanto. This product is expected to be commercialized in 2013 or 2014. Aside from weed management innovations, they will also release products with abiotic stress resistance. By 2013, DroughtGuard Hybrids with drought tolerance trait will also hit the market.
"I can't wait to get my hands on hybrids that are drought tolerant, even in the rain-fed Corn Belt because if water is not a limitation, then we should really be able to push those yields," says Dr. Fred Below, University of Illinois professor of crop physiology. "Drought tolerant hybrids are necessary throughout the Corn Belt and that's what it's going to take to increase production efficiency."
This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)