BASF EMBRAPA joint venture R&D in Brazil

BASF and EMBRAPA joint venture for R&D in Brazil

11:48 AM, 30th June 2011
BASF and EMBRAPA joint venture for R&D in Brazil
Markus Heldt, President, BASF Crop Protection. (C) BASF photos.

  • Latest agreement will speed up development and introduction of new technologies and solutions for Brazilian agriculture.
  • Initial project will bring biological product to sugar cane growers.

 

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL: BASF Crop Protection and Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA), a leading Brazilian agricultural research institution, signed a technical co-operation agreement to develop and bring new agriculture technologies and products to Brazilian growers. The co-operation aims to search for untapped agricultural solutions in the areas of biotechnology, genetic improvement, soil fertility and mechanization, plant protection and physiology. The agreement is valid for five years with no limit on the number of projects to be explored.

BASF and EMBRAPA have a long history of joint projects. The co-operation has already resulted in projects that are currently in the development stage. The initial project, for example, evaluates the feasibility of using a bacterium to enhance nitrogen fixation for sugar cane plantations.

“There is a strong demand for biological products. With their unique mode of action and features, biological products are a perfect complement to our chemical portfolio. As these biologicals do not produce residues, growers have one more tool to manage resistance and gain flexibility to apply crop protection closer to harvesting time,” said Eduardo Leduc, Senior Vice President, BASF Crop Protection Latin America.

“We believe that the development of new technologies of this scale is only possible through partnerships such as this one, which enhances the exchange of knowledge between two key agricultural partners in Brazil,” says Markus Heldt, President, BASF Crop Protection.

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