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Oct 17, 2011

Bayer CropScience Signs Licensing Agreement to Access Wheat Germplasm in Romanian Seedbank

On 17 October 2011 BioValley News reported that Bayer CropScience had announced that it had signed a licensing agreement with Romania's NARDI (National Agricultural Research and Development Institute) for access to wheat germplasm in its seedbanks.

NARDI's wheat germplasm includes hardy, winter wheat samples with known drought tolerance, disease resistance and good milling and baking quality. NARDI Fundulea is the main agricultural research unit in Romania.  Its specialty is crop management research & development of cereals, industrial and forage crops. Since 1957, NARDI has released 29 common wheat cultivars, which dominate the Romanian wheat seed market.  Nine NARDI wheat cultivars have been released in Canada, Argentina, Hungary, Turkey.

Hartmut van Lengerich, Head of Cereals and Fungicides at Bayer CropScience noted that the licensing agreement was executed so that the company can focus on improving wheat productivity.  This "will be critical to achieving global food security. Our customers have turned to us to find new ways to help them, we have listened and are building a world-class research platform for wheat genetics. ... [That will] speed up development of new varieties, we have already entered into collaborations with the best partners in wheat research and breeding, reaching from Australia to Israel, France and Ukraine to the United States – and now Romania.”

According to Bayer CropScience, "Wheat is the second most-produced cereal crop after corn with more than 650 million tons produced every year. Wheat productivity is increasing at less than 1 percent annually, while the annual global demand is growing at approximately double that percentage. Main wheat producing regions are Australia, the Black Sea Region, China, the EU, India and North America."

For more see: "Bayer CropScience acquires access to wheat germplasm from leading Romanian agricultural research institution," BioValley News, 17 October 2011.

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