The aim is to be able to produce enough food, feed, fiber and renewable raw materials for a growing world population on the limited land available. This is one goal of the Crop Science Division, which has businesses in crop protection, seeds and nonagricultural applications.
Crop protection products should act selectively in the smallest possible amounts and then quickly decompose into neutral substances. Modern insecticides control insect pests while sparing pollinators and other beneficial insects. Herbicides selectively suppress weeds without harming the crop. And many fungicides serve to make plants more resistant to microscopic pathogens. In their search for new active ingredients, our researchers are increasingly guided by nature’s strategies. Bayer is adding a growing number of biological crop protection products to its extensive range alongside sophisticated chemicals.
Our seeds are adapted to local soil and climatic conditions and give high yields. When breeding new varieties, we also take into account consumer requirements, such as the flavor of vegetables. Whether their work focuses on rice, vegetables, cotton or oilseed rape / canola, our research centers worldwide always have the same goals: to protect harvests from diseases, insect pests and encroaching weeds and to improve plant health, thus increasing yields and improving crop quality. We have expanded our research activities to include two new core crops – wheat and soybeans. To build a leading wheat seed business with high-yielding, robust varieties, we operate breeding stations in the wheatgrowing regions of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ukraine and the United States.
Our Environmental Science unit offers professional users and private consumers pest and weed control products for use on golf courses, roads and railways, in forestry and in private gardens, for example. Furthermore, Environmental Science supports public health and adherence to hygiene standards through its modern range of pest control products. One focus here is on the control of insects that transmit tropical or subtropical diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and Chagas disease.