Last Update:
March 1, 2012

BASF Plant Science

  • BASF’s plant biotechnology company with more than 750 employees worldwide
  • Pioneering gene discovery platform
  • Development of crops with clear advantages for farmers, consumers and the environment
  • Company headquarters to move to the Research Triangle Park site in North Carolina starting in 2012

Plant biotechnology at BASF

BASF Plant Science is one of the world’s leading suppliers of plant biotechnology solutions for agriculture. More than 750 employees at eight sites help farmers meet the growing demand for increased agricultural productivity as well as better nutrition for people and animals. BASF invests more than €150 million per year to accomplish this. Research and development expenses, sales, earnings and all other data of BASF Plant Science are not included in the Agricultural Solutions segment; they are reported in Other.


With a pioneering platform for gene discovery, BASF Plant Science has specialized in the development of plant characteristics such as higher yield, drought tolerance or disease resistance. Our goal is to develop crops like corn (maize), soybeans and rice that provide farmers with higher and secure yields. We also make an important contribution to sustainable agriculture because the cultivation of these plants significantly reduces the amount of land, water and energy required to produce each metric ton of harvested crops. In addition, we develop plants that can improve nutrition or be even better used as renewable raw materials. We market our products together with leading partners in the seed industry.

Starting in 2012, BASF Plant Science will concentrate even more on the main markets of North and South America. The company’s headquarters will be moved to the Research Triangle Park site in Raleigh, North Carolina, in order to gain proximity to these markets.


  • Cooperation with Monsanto: first genetically modified corn approved for cultivation in the United States
  • Cooperation with Cargill: development of healthy canola oil with polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids
  • Projects aimed solely at the European market to be stopped, including amylopectin potatoes Amflora, Amadea, Modena and Fortuna

BASF Plant Science cooperates with a number of biotechnology companies, research institutes and universities worldwide. Together with Monsanto, we develop higher-yielding and stress-tolerant corn, soybean, canola (oil-seed rape), wheat and cotton plants. The world’s first genetically engineered drought-tolerant corn was approved for cultivation in the United States in December 2011. It will be grown on selected farms in the United States starting in 2012 in order to familiarize farmers with the product.

Cargill and BASF Plant Science have been working together to develop healthy canola oil since November 2011. This oil is rich in valuable polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids that have been proven to offer health benefits.

All projects aimed solely at the European market will be stopped in 2012. This applies to the amylopectin potatoes Amflora, Amadea and Modena, as well as the late-blight-resistant potato, Fortuna. Approval processes that have already begun will be continued.

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