Plant biotechnology at BASF
BASF’s activities in the field of plant biotechnology are part of the Bioscience Research technology platform. Research and development expenses, sales, earnings and all other data are not included in the Agricultural Solutions segment; they are reported in Other.
With our network of research sites, we help farmers meet the growing demand for increased agricultural productivity as well as better nutrition. As part of the regular review of our portfolio, we focused our research activities in 2016 on projects with the highest business and technological potential. These projects included the development of crops characterized by higher yields and stress resistance, herbicide tolerance, or resistance against certain diseases. Part of this realignment involved adapting our site structure in North America and Europe; around 350 of approximately 750 positions were cut. Our product marketing takes place in part together with leading seed providers.