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What’s coming down the pike from Bayer CropScience

resistant trait, new corn rootworm-resistant trait in the works



a flurry of new products coming down the pike from agricultural seed and chemical
companies in the next few years. Last September, Bayer CropScience invited
journalists worldwide to its corporate headquarters in Monheim, Germany, for a
look at what it has coming down the pike later this decade.

CropScience has stepped up trait development with completion of its purchase of
Athenix in 2009. Company officials say this North Carolina firm gives Bayer the
platform to develop future herbicide tolerant and insect- and
nematode-resistant traits. Traits and other technology you’ll see include:

A new glyphosate tolerance trait called GlyTol set to appear in cotton
in 2011 in the United States. The glyphosate-tolerant
trait uses a different gene and promoter than the Roundup Ready
glyphosate-tolerant trait.

Pending regulatory approval, Bayer plans to debut a soybean trait in
2015 tolerant to HPPD-inhibitor herbicides now used on corn like BalanceFlexx. This gives
another mode of action that will help farmers manage weeds resistant to
glyphosate, say Bayer officials.

Plans are to offer this the HPPD-inhibitor tolerant
trait in a double stack with GlyTol and in a triple stack with GlyTol and the
LibertyLink trait in 2015, pending regulatory approval.

* A
nematode-resistant trait that helps soybeans resist soybean cyst nematode in
soybeans and nematodes in corn is in development.

* A
new corn rootworm resistant trait. “This is the most progressed one,” says Rudiger
Scheitza, head of global portfolio management for Bayer CropScience.  “Our trials with Athenix are
outperforming the existing (corn rootworm-resistant) traits that are now in the

Penflufen is a seed treatment slated for release later this decade. It’s aimed
at curbing rhizoctonia disease in crops including corn and soybeans. Bayer has
not announced a brand name for penflufen.

Poncho/Votivo in 2011. It’s a combination of Bayer’s existing Poncho insecticide
seed treatment with Votivo, a bacterial compound that protects roots from

What’s up with LibertyLink

will continue to increase offerings of LibertyLink soybeans in 2011.

This gives farmers the
alternatives in those areas where glyphosate resistance is showing up,”
Scheitza says.

declining glyphosate prices have challenged competing weed control herbicides
and systems like LibertyLink and its herbicide component, Ignite.

has impacted our expectations (of sales) for Ignite,” says Scheitza. Rather
than trying to match the price cuts, though, Bayer is aiming the technology for
those areas with glyphosate-resistant weeds.

we can do is to develop the technology for those acres where the farmers need
an alternative and are willing to broaden those acres with LibertyLink soybeans,”
says Scheitza. “So, we see steady growth year by year.”


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