BASF creates biotech board in Brazil
BASF’s crop protection business has created a board in Brazil dedicated to agricultural biotechnology. It is to be called BASF Plant Science Brasil. The new board seeks to increase the number of projects developing genetically modified crops. It highlights BASF projects developed together with the agricultural research corporation, the Embrapa. They co-developed an imidazolinone herbicide-tolerant GM soybean line to be launched next year ( Agrow No 586, p 23), and have recently agreed a five-year deal to develop crop protection and biotechnology products ( Agrow No 618, p 3). The company is also co-developing drought-tolerant sugar cane with the Brazilian cane developer, Centro de Tecnologia Canaviera (Piracicaba). That project is focusing on yield improvements and market introduction is anticipated in this decade ( Agrow No 574, p 3).