Bayer opens wheat breeding centre in France

Bayer opens wheat breeding centre in France

9:33 AM, 20th June 2013
Bayer opens wheat breeding centre in France
Frank Garnier, President, Bayer Group.

MONHEIM, GERMANY/MILLY-LA-FORET, FRANCE: Bayer CropScience opened a new wheat breeding station located in a major wheat growing region near Paris, France. This centre is part of Bayer CropScience’s growing network of wheat breeding stations worldwide – located in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ukraine, US, and France.

The breeding-programme is focused on improving yields, addressing challenges with regard to water-use efficiency and heat tolerance, and improving resistance to wheat fungal diseases. Grain quality is another important criterion. The first commercial varieties from the breeding programme at this station are expected by the end of the decade. Bayer CropScience will be investing more than €7 million over three years in the site’s facilities. This is to double the capacity of the laboratory and the greenhouse.

“The need for food will dramatically increase over the coming decades. We feel at Bayer CropScience it is our responsibility to heavily invest in innovation and to transform the wheat seed and trait market in a way which will also, for the future, enable French wheat producers to address this major challenge,” said Frank Garnier, President, Bayer Group.

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