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Mar. 15, 2016

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Mar. 15, 2016
Bayer celebrated the first visit of a high-level delegation from the Australian Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) at a ceremony at its Frankfurt site, where the company's global weed control research activities are concentrated. In June last year, the two companies signed their Herbicide Innovation Partnership (HIP), an innovative cooperation model to jointly discover next-generation weed control solutions.
This five-year agreement funded with AUD 45 million over five years has led to 39 scientists now being employed at Bayer's Frankfurt site. Besides welcoming the scientists, Bayer and GRDC inaugurated the new research laboratories in Frankfurt.
The recently renovated facilities have a surface area of approximately 1,100 m2 and include labs and offices for more than 30 chemists and lab technicians, including eleven new postdoctoral researchers from Australia and New Zealand, who will work on possible solutions against weeds.
In the presence of the Australian Consul General David C. Campbell and Professor Stephen Powles, Director of Australia's Herbicide Resistance Initiative, Bayer and GRDC representatives exchanged experiences and discussed current developments and challenges in global weed control. One major focus of the discussion dealt with the dramatic increase of herbicide-resistant weeds across the globe.
In the past 15 years, global weed resistance has increased by 60 percent so that a quarter of the worst and most common weeds are already resistant. At the same time, no new herbicide mode of action has been discovered and none are expected to be discovered in the near future.


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