Crop Biotech Update

Bayer CropScience and BASF Plant Science Collaborate on Hybrid Rice Development

December 17, 2010

To contribute to rice food security endeavors, Bayer CropScience and BASF have come into a research agreement to improve rice productivity through plant biotechnology. Both companies aim to develop and commercialize hybrid rice seeds with 10% more yield over conventional seeds.

In the agreement, BASF Plant Science covers research and development activities for traits responsible for high yield and for obtaining the regulatory approvals needed for commercialization. Bayer CropScience will then integrate these high-yielding traits into leading Arize® rice hybrids.

"In our efforts to contribute to securing the world´s food supply in the 21st century, we are committed to improving rice productivity using multiple approaches," said Joachim Schneider, Head of the BioScience Business Unit at Bayer CropScience. "We are very happy to announce Bayer CropScience as our first partner in bringing higher yielding rice to farmers around the world," said Marc Ehrhardt, Senior Vice President at BASF Plant Science.

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