BASF, Sumitomo collaborate develop new fungicide

BASF, Sumitomo collaborate to develop new fungicide

7:22 AM, 20th June 2017
Markus Heldt from BASF (left) and Ray Nishimoto from Sumitomo Chemical after signing the collaboration agreement.
Markus Heldt from BASF (left) and Ray Nishimoto from Sumitomo Chemical after signing the collaboration agreement.

TOKYO, JAPAN/ LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: BASF SE and Sumitomo Chemical have entered into a collaboration agreement for the development of a new fungicide. The agreement brings together both companies innovation skills to deliver a novel fungicidal compound to farmers around the world.

This compound, discovered by Sumitomo Chemical, demonstrates high efficacy for the control of major plant diseases, including those that have developed resistance to other available fungicides.

The companies plan to separately develop unique formulations with the new compound to complement their portfolios. Commercialization of the companies’ respective formulations is expected to begin following their registrations and regulatory approval from relevant authorities. Registration submissions in major markets are planned from 2018 onwards. The companies intend to make their products available worldwide.

“The fungicide will be a new tool to secure yields in crops where fungicide options are limited. Farmers want to grow healthy crops and sustainably supply the increasing demand for food and fibre. This strategic cooperation demonstrates the two companies’ commitment to investing in solutions to help farmers manage their business,’’ said Markus Heldt, president of BASF’s crop protection division.

“Together, we will be able to provide more growers with the opportunity to experience the benefits of this new fungicide, which will play an important role in the resistance management of difficult to control plant diseases. Through this partnership, we show our commitment to sustainable agricultural production,” added Ray Nishimoto, Sumitomo Chemical’s representative director & senior managing executive officer, president of health & crop sciences sector.

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