In 2012, EUR 782 million, or 26 percent of the Bayer Group's research and development budget, was spent in the CropScience subgroup.
Bayer CropScience is one of the world's leading crop science companies in the fields of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and plant biotechnology.
Major areas of focus include not only conventional crop protection but also plant biotechnology. The main aim of research and development work in plant biotechnology is to improve the agronomic characteristics and quality of crop plants. The technologies employed in this area comprise all the tools required to improve important crops such as cotton, canola and rice for producers and industry partners – from the identification of a target gene to the development of a plant.
When researchers identify a substance which is suitable for development, its biological toxicological profile and behavior in the environment is studied carefully. At the same time active substances from other companies are tested and possibly purchased. The market potential for development candidates is analyzed and those which are suitable will be marketed when the product has been approved in the individual markets.
Current development projects include so-called passive treatments such as baits compositions for pest control, new herbicides (weed killers) and fungicidal combinations (fungicides) for lawn care and ornamental plants.