Seeds focuses on improving vegetables and agricultural crops, including cereals, corn, cotton, oilseeds, rice, soybeans and wheat, using modern technologies and advanced plant breeding techniques to get the most out of every seed. Side by side with our crop protection business, Seeds offers innovative, sustainable solutions for farmers and consumers alike.
In the United States, we offer high-performance canola, cotton, soybean and vegetable seeds as well as trait solutions across multiple crops, including cotton, canola, corn and soybeans.
Focused On Tomorrow
Our seed and trait innovation pipeline is rich, and our research and development capacity is growing. More than 1,000 Seeds researchers and plant breeders are working on 60-plus research projects worldwide, focused on delivering innovations including yield enhancement, stress tolerance, improved resource utilization and quality characteristics.
Our technology platforms go well beyond classical plant breeding and include state-of-the-art genetics, molecular marker-assisted breeding, hybridization, plant biotechnology and bioinformatics.
Investing in Innovation
Bayer CropScience is committed to strengthening this part of our business, and from 2009-2018 is investing 3.5 billion Euro in Seeds. As an example of that commitment in action, the acquisition of Athenix Corp. in 2009 brought about a significant expansion of our research, development, capability and capacity. With proven expertise in corn and soybean trait discovery, the largest collection of novel insecticidal genes for agriculture and a powerful, proprietary discovery platform called MiDAS, this research team is bringing more innovative genetic solutions than ever before to our Seeds research efforts. In addition to the Athenix acquisition, in the Spring of 2011 Bayer CropScience expanded its portfolio with the acquisition of Hornbeck Seed Company and Worldwide Soy Technologies headquartered in DeWitt, Arkansas. Customers have trusted Hornbeck Seed for 30 years to provide quality seed and excellent customer service. That commitment to quality and service will be an added value to our customer.