‘Individual researchers, universities, even small start-ups can help add to our understanding of solutions to the most important problems facing agriculture right now.’
Bayer has launched a new program allowing research scientists from around the world to submit novel chemistries to the company for testing in the hope of identifying potential new modes of action to control fungal diseases, insect pests, or weeds.
The so called Testing4Ag program is part of Bayer’s Open4Ag partnership development and innovation approach, which seeks to develop the newest generation of crop protection products that safely and sustainably address the changing needs of producers.
Submitted compounds will be assessed against a wide variety of plant pathogens, weed species, insect and nematode pests. Test results will be shared directly with participants who can then use them in continued research. Bayer added that in further commitment to open innovation, researchers and their institutions will retain all rights to the potential intellectual property generated through the Testing4Ag program.
Bob Reiter, Head of Research and Development at Bayer’s Crop Science Division commented; ‘Testing4Ag will combine the transformative ideas of pioneering research with Bayer’s knowledge, experts, and resources without taking ownership of the intellectual property participants contribute.’
Testing4Ag is carried out in partnership with Halo, which is a sciences and technology innovation platform connecting scientific innovators with companies for research collaborations and funding opportunities. Halo was launched in January 2020 and has been joined by 3500 researchers from 75 countries.
Rachel Rama, Head of Small Molecules at Bayer’s Crop Science Division said ‘Individual researchers, universities, even small start-ups can help add to our understanding of solutions to the most important problems facing agriculture right now. We welcome them to participate in Testing4Ag.’
To find out more, or submit a material for consideration visit: Testing4Ag. Submissions must be received by 31 March 2022 in order to be eligible for consideration.