BASF acquires proprietary technology for L-glufosinate ammonium from AgriMetis

Farmers have new tool to fight weed resistance, say BASF officials.

BASF Agricultural Solutions has acquired the proprietary Glu-L technology for L-glufosinate ammonium from AgriMetis, a biotechnological innovation crop protection firm. With this technology, BASF officials say farmers will have a more efficient solution and improved formulation to protect against troublesome weeds.

“The Glu-L technology builds on BASF’s continued commitment to innovative solutions that help farmers solve their most pressing challenges,” said Paul Rea, senior vice president, BASF Agricultural Solutions North America, in a BASF news release. “We know weed resistance continues to threaten farming operations, and this needed technology will help address this concern. It will also contribute to sustainable farming practices by reducing the amount of product needed to control weeds.”

Current glufosinate products (used in the LibertyLink weed control system) consist of the active L-glufosinate ammonium
and the inactive D-glufosinate ammonium. The Glu-L technology converts the latter into active L-glufosinate ammonium. This makes the new product significantly more efficient, say BASF officials.

While weed control with Glu-L is equivalent to currently available commercial glufosinate products, farmers applying the new technology can reduce the amount of crop protection they need to apply by up to 50%, say BASF officials. This reduction will help create efficiencies and make the distribution and application of the product even more sustainable than today’s solutions, say BASF officials.

BASF officials add that the comprehensive patent protection for this new technology puts BASF in a strong competitive position for the coming years. Glu-L has been submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and will launch in the next few years upon agency approval. It will also be launched in other relevant regions, say BASF officials. 

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