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At the signing ceremony of the Herbicide Innovation Partnership
<p>At the signing ceremony of the Herbicide Innovation Partnership.</p>

Bayer CropScience partners with Australian-based research group for new weed control solutions 

The new partnership with Australian-based Grains Research &amp; Development Corporation seeks to increase options for growers around the world to manage weeds. Glyphosate resistance problems were first discovered in Australia in crops.

Bayer CropScience and the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) based in Australia have signed a five-year agreement to join forces to establish the Herbicide Innovation Partnership for the discovery and development of innovative weed management solutions.

The goal of the new initiative is to provide growers with new technologies to manage resistant weeds and support the sustainability of modern crop production systems. The partnership also includes a post-doc program which will help expand scientific know-how among Australian researchers by providing training in advanced industrial research techniques.

Bayer CropScience notes that a substantial reduction in corporate investment for weed control research and development over recent decades has resulted in a gap in herbicide technology development. No new herbicide mode of action has been developed over the last 20 years, reducing grower choices to effectively manage resistant weeds. This development is challenging growers’ profitability and sustainability.

GRDC will support the extension of research capacities at the Bayer CropScience global centre of excellence for weed control research in Frankfurt, Germany.

Take a tour of Bayer CropScience’s new weed resistance center in this gallery.

About 40 additional researchers - a significant number of them to be recruited in Australia - will boost the abilities in Frankfurt to identify and explore advanced technologies. One major focus is to provide Australian agriculture with solutions to manage weed control problems including ryegrass, wild radish, feathertop rhodes grass and fleabane, though the research will benefit growers world-wide.

In November 2014, Bayer CropScience inaugurated its weed resistance competence centre in Frankfurt to develop new weed control strategies, and share knowledge within the global community of farmers, agronomists and scientists. Now Bayer and GRDC are stepping up their efforts to rejuvenate the grower’s toolbox for integrated weed management by providing new mode of action herbicides and as well as safener technologies.

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