New greenhouse to accelerate agricultural research in Limburgerhof
- Focus on Herbicides and new growth field Functional Crop Care
- €4.5 million investment part of Agricultural Solutions global R&D strategy
Limburgerhof, Germany – August 28, 2012 – Today BASF dedicated a new greenhouse facility at its Agricultural Center in Limburgerhof. The additional 1250 square meters add nearly 25% to the existing greenhouse research capacity for herbicides. In addition to supporting herbicide research, three areas in the greenhouse are specially constructed to investigate how plants react to controlled stress factors such as water availability, nutrient deficiencies and temperature extremes. These areas will be used to test products from the new growth field Functional Crop Care.
“Our researchers shape the future of not only our business but of agriculture as a whole,” said Markus Heldt, President of BASF’s Crop Protection division. “With this state-of-the-art facility, we can continue to ensure that farmers have the innovative, sustainable tools they need to meet present and future challenges.”
With climate-controlled seed storage, automated potting machines and conveyor system, the greenhouse seamlessly integrates all steps in the research trial process under one roof.
About BASF’s Crop Protection division
With sales of € 4.1 billion in 2011, BASF’s Crop Protection division is a leader in crop protection and a strong partner to the farming industry providing well-established and innovative fungicides, insecticides and herbicides. Farmers use these products and services to improve crop yields and crop quality. Other uses include public health, structural/urban pest control, turf and ornamental plants, vegetation management, and forestry. BASF aims to turn knowledge rapidly into market success. The vision of BASF’s Crop Protection division is to be the world’s leading innovator, optimizing agricultural production, improving nutrition, and thus enhancing the quality of life for a growing world population. Further information can be found on the web at www.agro.basf.com or follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/basfagro.
About BASFBASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and system solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve the quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF posted sales of about €73.5 billion in 2011 and had more than 111 ,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com .