October 21, 2014


Bayer CropScience buys European rights for biological fungicide




Bayer CropScience has acquired the sole European distribution rights for the biological fungicide, Contans™ WG, from Belchim Crop Protection NV.


The deal concluded during early October 2014.


The acquisition expands Bayer CropScience's crop protection portfolio and is another step in building up a comprehensive range of biologicals as part of integrated crop solutions.


"This acquisition means we will be able to offer European farmers another established biological solution to combat fungal diseases in arable and vegetable crops," said Mike Miille, the head of business management biologics at Bayer CropScience.


"We will further develop integrated crop solutions hand-in-hand with farmers combining our wide range of innovative chemicals with strong biological brands like Votivo™, Serenade™ and Sonata™. As part of integrated spray plans, Contans™ WG will help to increase yields and boost the quality of harvested produce."


Following its successful market introduction by Belchim Crop Protection, based in Londerzeel, Belgium, Contans™ WG has become one of the most popular biological fungicides currently used in conventional agriculture in Europe.


Contans™ WG is presently commercialised in major European agricultural markets such as France, Germany, the UK and Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland.


The product is used in a variety of crops such as rapeseed, sunflowers and various vegetable crops and pulses. It can also be used as a soil treatment product in open fields or greenhouses.


Contans™ WG contains the highly active spores of the soil fungus, Coniothyrium minitans (strain CON/ M/91-08), which effectively attacks surviving structures of the plant pathogens, Sclerotinia spp., in soil.

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