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Dec 16, 2010

BASF & Bayer CropScience Announce Rice Research Agreement

On 16 December 2010, BSAF and Bayer CropScience announced that they had signed a long-term agreement to collaborate on rice research.  Their goal is to produce rice wth at least 10 percent higher yields than varieties conventionally produced today.  Their first products are expected to be launched by 2020.  This agreement covers licensing in all major rice growing regions.  Products will include new varieties plus Bayer CropScience's Arize hybrid rice.  Details were not provided whether new products will include gene-enginereed varieties.

Joachim Schneider, Head of the BioScience Business Unit at Bayer CropScience noted that this is part of the companies' "efforts to contribute to securing the world´s food supply in the 21st century, we are committed to improving rice productivity using multiple approaches [including] a market leader in hybrid-rice with Arize.  [W]e intend to enhance our hybrids further through the development and integration of important traits, including those developed through plant biotechnology. As we accelerate the extension of our seed business and offerings in this core crop, BASF is a partner of choice.”

For more see: "BASF Plant Science and Bayer CropSciene Collaborate To Develop Higher-Yielding Hybrid Rice," BASF Press Release P-10-512, Limburgerhof, Monheim, Germany, 16 December 2010.

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