‘It’s very clear that given the complexity of the challenges farmers face around the world, we can’t solve every problem on our own.’
Bayer has announced the winners of its 2022 Grants4Ag competition, which funds research projects focused on protecting farmers’ crops, increasing adoption of innovations and reducing the carbon footprint of agriculture. The 21 winners, selected from more than 350 international entrants, will receive grants of between €5000 and €15 000.
As part of the initiative, winners retain all intellectual property rights to their research as well as being paired with one of Bayer’s scientists to provide project guidance.
The winners include Dr Ji Zhou, Head of the Data Sciences at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB), headquartered in Cambridge, UK, who is working on: Monitoring and Predicting Key Agronomic Traits with AI, Aerial Imaging, and Remote Sensing. Commenting Dr Zhou said the research would ‘Assist breeders, growers and researchers to determine the optimal moment to measure and select key agronomic traits.’
Other grant recipients include entrants from Michigan State University, US, investigating the: Circadian Clock in Potato; University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, investigating: Predictive Models for a more Sustainable Future of Weed Management; and China Agricultural University, China, investigating: Fighting Multi-drug Resistance with Synergists for Fungicides.
Bayer said that it was ‘thrilled at the high quality of this year’s submissions.’ Phil Taylor, Open Innovation Lead for Bayer’s Crop Science Division added; ‘It’s very clear that given the complexity of the challenges farmers face around the world, we can’t solve every problem on our own.’
Bayer Crop Science has published the list of Grants4Ag recipients.