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Sustainability in action

Collaboration with Rothamsted
Research on sustainable agriculture

BASF and Rothamsted Research, one of the world’s oldest and most acclaimed agricultural research centers, are working together in a long-term collaboration to shape modern sustainable agriculture. The goal is to jointly address current agricultural challenges by identifying areas of R&D where novel approaches to science can accelerate innovation.

The first initiative is a Sustainability Challenge that enables early career scientists to discuss their ideas on the future of farming in a corporate environment. In a competition to develop skills in collaborative research projects, teams of Rothamsted researchers from all over the world are challenged to develop proposals on topics such as the future of farming, sustainable agriculture or innovation to mitigate the effects of climate change. The program includes coaching from BASF experts and a leading Design Thinking agency on how to co-design collaborations with partners. The first challenge took place this year. After successfully pitching their concepts, the winning teams visited the headquarters of BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division in Limburgerhof, Germany, to exchange ideas on sustainable farming with industry experts.

In addition, BASF and Rothamsted are launching PhD studentships focusing on soil management. Healthy soil is essential for successful sustainable farming and plays a vital role in addressing climate change. PhD scientists will work with experienced multidisciplinary teams from Rothamsted, BASF and universities to address critical scientific knowledge gaps in soil health.

“We are encouraging the Rothamsted scientists to take a critical look at agricultural practices, address environmental, social and economic challenges through scientific research, and develop valuable practical skills for multidisciplinary projects,” said Julia Harnal, Head of Global Sustainability and Governmental Affairs at BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division. “This is how we will drive modern sustainable agriculture together.”

BASF and Rothamsted Research have been collaborating for many years. To mark the Institute’s 175th anniversary in 2018, both organizations renewed their commitment to a long-term collaboration with further initiatives to come.

More information at www.rothamsted.ac.uk/why-not-you.



We have been working with farmers in Yorkshire and Northamptonshire to gain a better understanding of the relationship between agriculture and biodiversity. Our focus has been on enhancing the wildlife features on the farms using simple, successful techniques and communicating this knowledge to all stakeholders. We have helped the farmers to provide habitats that deliver food supplies for birds and insects alongside well-managed crops grown for the food value chain.

Farm Network, a BASF partnership
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Forth Replacement Crossing
BASF Construction Chemicals played an important role in the construction of the new Forth Replacement Crossing, a cable-stayed bridge known as the Queensferry Crossing. Scotland’s biggest infrastructure project for a generation has a road deck suspended by cables from three 210 metre high towers.   Forth Replacement Crossing

Green Sense Concrete

BASF’s Life Cycle Analyzer, is an initiative and pioneering assessment tool that quantifies the environmental impact of specific concretes.   

With Green Sense Concrete, BASF offers a revolutionary advanced concrete mixture proportioning service that achieves new levels of performance, economics and sustainability. Green Sense Concrete is an environmentally preferable, cost-effective concrete with optimized proportions in which supplementary cementitious materials, non-cementitious fillers, or both, are used with specially formulated BASF admixtures from Master Builders Solutions, to meet or exceed performance targets.

Green Sense Concrete

Pheromones bring multi-species top fruit moth control
Integrated pest management for top fruit growers was given a significant boost thanks to the introduction of the first multi-species pheromone control system – RAK 3+4. The product, which was developed by BASF, is a mating behaviour disruptor pheromone that offers a non-pesticide option for the season-long control of Codling and Tortrix moths. The system was trialled by BASF and distribution partner, Agrovista, for three years in commercial orchards in Kent and Norfolk with exceptional results. RAK 3+4 dispensers, which are designed to last for nine months, are hung in orchards in April before the first moth flights, usually occurring in early May. The area around the trees is flooded with female pheromones confusing the males who then cannot locate partners. RAK 3+4 will continue to control Codling and Tortrix moths late in the season, negating the need for a late insecticide application where harvest intervals can be an issue. There is zero impact on other beneficial insects and the background, or overwintering population on a farm, can be significantly reduced by using this technology.


The BASF House
The BASF house, which opened in January 2008, is part of the University of Nottingham’s Creative Energy Homes project. We built this eco-efficient house to demonstrate how the right thermal materials can provide affordable and low carbon solutions for buildings. The Creative Energy Homes project attracts over 3000 visitors every year. Research findings have been fed into the UK government’s Green Deal strategy and the Nottingham Community Climate Change Strategy. 
The BASF House

Solving a recycling problem
A unique partnership between BASF, an environmental research charity and an industry forum solved a major waste recycling problem for European agriculture and won an Environmental Leadership Award from the Chemical Industries Association. The GWCT Allerton Project, the Pesticides Forum and BASF, had encountered problems with recycling 5-litre pesticide containers widely used by the agricultural industry. The group re-designed the product so that it would be quicker and safer to recycle, saving both energy costs and landfill space.The Eco-Pac, which we launched across Europe, was an immediate success among environmentally aware farmers and stakeholders. The entire container – the handle, screw cap and foam seal and even the label - is made from recyclable materials without separation.