BASF, a leading global chemical company, recently showcased its latest advancements in the agricultural innovation pipeline, focusing on crop protection, seeds and traits, and digital solutions. These advancements provide farmers with much-needed solutions to address local and crop-specific pest pressures, climate challenges, regulatory requirements, and consumer expectations. The company’s robust innovation pipeline has an estimated peak sales potential of over €7.5 billion, driven by products slated for launch within the next decade.
One of the significant innovations presented by BASF is the Tirexor® Active, a new PPO-inhibiting herbicide (protoporphyrinogen IX oxidase) that targets weeds currently resistant to other PPO inhibitors. This breakthrough offers a much-needed solution for the over-the-top control of weeds in soybean farming. Additionally, BASF is developing another PPO herbicide with a corresponding herbicide tolerance gene. Furthermore, the company announced the commercial availability of the SMART SPRAYING SOLUTION by Bosch BASF Smart Farming in Europe for crops such as corn, sunflower, sugar beet, and soybean.
In Europe, BASF focuses on improving the quality and flavor of fruits and vegetables while reducing food loss and waste through seed breeding and chemistry and digital technologies innovations. The company is set to launch its latest insecticide active ingredient, Axalion™ Active, starting in 2023 in the Asia Pacific region, with additional registrations to follow in Europe and Latin America. Moreover, BASF expects to launch Revysol® Active in fruits, vegetables, and rice in 2023, following its market-leading control of cereal, soybean, and corn diseases.
BASF is also working on multiple new chemistries and formulations to improve outcomes in rice cultivation. For example, in collaboration with industry partners, the company is developing a new insecticide mode for rice hopper control, offering long residual control and a favorable regulatory profile. BASF’s new Luximo® herbicide is another innovation, belonging to a chemistry class that controls a broad range of problematic weeds in rice. This herbicide will be essential in rice weed management and crop protection programs.
Lastly, BASF focuses on disease management solutions for rice, such as Revysol®-based products, which will be launched within the next two years to control significant diseases in rice, like sheath blight and dirty panicles. Seltima® Plus, a disease management solution for rice with built-in resistance management, will also be introduced in the coming years. To further bolster its efforts, BASF announced a long-term partnership with Seedworks Philippines, which aims to introduce BASF’s non-GM trait for Provisia herbicide tolerance into the Philippines’ hybrid rice market. This collaboration is among ten seed partnerships across five countries in Asia, launching Clearfield and Provisia herbicide-tolerant traits in rice.
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