September 6, 2012
Bayer CropScience, Mendel Biotechnology collaborate on herbicide resistance breaking technology
To be able to jointly identify herbicides with novel modes of action, Bayer CropScience and Mendel Biotechnology, Inc. Hayward, California, USA announced Wednesday (Sep 5) a new multi-year collaboration.
Increasing evidence of herbicide-resistant weeds in different geographies - including those resistant to multiple herbicide classes â€“ has spurred renewed interest in the discovery of herbicides. Bayer CropScience, the global No. two in herbicides, will bring in its leading expertise in herbicide research and development. Together with Mendel's deep knowledge of plant genetic regulatory networks (PGRNs) and its suite of proprietary genetic tools and assays for understanding plant development, this promising collaboration offers significant synergies.
"There is a major need in agriculture for herbicides acting through novel modes of action," noted C. David Nicholson, Global Head of Research & Development at Bayer CropScience.
"We believe that this collaboration will help us continue our significant contributions in agricultural chemistry and will further strengthen our partnering to cultivate new ideas and answers to help growers to tackle weed resistance issues and to protect their crops."
"We are excited to expand our partnership with Bayer CropScience into this new area of herbicide discovery," said Neal Gutterson, Mendel's President and CEO.
"This collaboration is recognition of the broad applicability of Mendel's core technology platform and know-how in various fields across agriculture, and another important step towards realisation of our new open architecture business strategy."
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR7.255 billion (US$9.1 billion) in 2011 and is one of the world's leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control.
The company offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 21,000 and is represented in more than 120 countries.
Mendel is the leading plant science company meeting the needs of global agriculture. For over 15 years, Mendel has been deploying its PGRN platform and proprietary tools to harness a crop's genetic potential, in order to enhance agricultural productivity, resource use efficiency and crop quality. This PGRN platform is the foundation of an existing collaboration with Bayer CropScience to develop a pioneering class of crop performance chemistries. Mendel is actively seeking collaborators and licensees to develop novel products and technologies across a broad array of agricultural applications.