Innovation for a Sustainable Tomorrow
As good as our varieties are today, we know that they can always be better. We’ve only tapped a fraction of nature’s full yield potential. With this in mind, we are amplifying our commitment and our investment in Seeds. Worldwide, more than 1,000 researchers and plant breeders are busy using every tool available in the Bayer toolbox, which includes modern breeding techniques like molecular assisted breeding, computational biology and genetic modification with traditional breeding and field evaluations in order to deliver hardy, high-quality seeds and traits for higher yields in our key crops: canola, corn, cotton, rice, soybean, sugarcane, vegetables and wheat.
Our seed and trait innovation pipeline is rich, with more than 60 projects underway, and new traits and trait combinations on the horizon in the U.S., including TwinLink™ GlyTol®, our proprietary dual-Bt, dual herbicide tolerance trait stack for cotton. Just recently, Bayer and MS Technologies’ dual herbicide tolerance trait stack for soybeans, Balance™ GT, received cultivation approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA Both products are currently awaiting approvals in key import markets.
In addition, our seed and trait R & D capacity is expanding by leaps and bounds. In 2012, we opened a 60,000 square foot greenhouse and a 40,000 square foot laboratory and facility space where scientists now conduct work in the areas of Seeds, Environmental Science formulation development, environmental safety, quality assurance and more at our North American headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C. In 2013, development work began on a new wheat breeding station in Nebraska and we broke ground on a 40,000 square-foot greenhouse facility in Memphis to support our global cotton business.