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BASF Plant Science

  • BASF’s plant biotechnology company with around 840 employees worldwide
  • Pioneering gene discovery platform
  • Development of crops with clear advantages for famers, consumers and the environment
  • 2012: Company headquarters move to Research Triangle Park site near Raleigh, North Carolina

Plant biotechnology at BASF

BASF Plant Science is one of the world’s leading suppliers of plant biotechnology for agriculture. Around 840 employees at sites in the United States, Canada, Belgium and Germany help farmers meet the growing demand for increased agricultural productivity as well as better nutrition. BASF invests more than €150 million per year to accomplish this. Research and development expenses, sales, earnings and all other data pertaining to 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 optimize crops so that farmers can achieve greater and secure yields. In this way, we make an important contribution to the secure supply of food for the growing world population. We also contribute 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 view of the lack of acceptance of plant biotechnology in large parts of Europe, we moved the BASF Plant Science headquarters to the Research Triangle Park site near Raleigh, North Carolina, in 2012. This brings us closer to our principle markets in North and South America.

We will expand our fungal resistance research platform by adding corn as a target crop. At the same time, research activities in nutritionally enhanced corn will be stopped and the European approval processes for the Fortuna, Amadea and Modena potato projects will be discontinued.