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Bayer/KWS Saat to co-develop HT sugar beet

Bayer CropScience and German seed company KWS Saat (Einbeck) are to jointly develop and globally commercialise a weed control system for use in sugar beet. The companies will conventionally breed naturally occurring mutant acetolactate synthase (ALS)-inhibitor herbicide-tolerant sugar beet varieties for broad-spectrum weed control. The system is scheduled to be available to farmers “in some years”. Joint research on developing the system began in 2001. No fundamentally new herbicide active ingredient in sugar beet has come onto the market for many years, the companies note. The system will enable the use of new ais in sugar beet with low application rates, Bayer’s herbicide and sugar beet strategy leader, Christophe Dumont, says.

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