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TITLE:  Bayer CropScience moving more into biotechnology marketing
SOURCE: The Western Press, USA, by Harry Cline
DATE:   Mar 31, 2003

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Bayer CropScience moving more into biotechnology marketing

Seventy percent of all biotechnology traits used in agriculture have come
from Bayer CropScience, according to John Wichtrich, president of
bioscience for Bayer CropScience.

However, Bayer has not captured the value of that technology because it
has not been in the seed business - until now. Bayer started in the
cotton seed business with FiberMax cottons and has been capturing an
increasingly bigger share of the cotton seem market every since. Bayer
CropScience also markets canola and rice varieties and is working to
expand into corn and soybeans.

Wichtrich, who began his career as a field rep in central California and
the Salinas Valley, told cotton consultants at a Bayer sponsored
conference that FiberMax varieties accounted for almost 11 percent of the
cottonseed market last season and expects to substantially increase that
this season.

FiberMax upland cottons have been gaining acceptance because of their
super fiber quality, he said. Textile mills are asking for it by name.

"We are absolutely committed to cotton," he told consultants at the

A cotton biotechnology new era is coming to FiberMax cottons as well with
perhaps five new FiberMax Liberty Link cottons this season. Bayer has
been marketing FiberMax Roundup Ready and Bt cottons as well. Bayer
license its BXN technology to seed companies for development of cottons
resistant to Buctril

Arizona and east

However, these Liberty Link cottons will be for Arizona and other parts
east of the cotton belt.

So far there is no FiberMax Acala for the San Joaquin Valley. However,
Wichtrich said Bayer CropScience is developing varieties with Acala
quality for introduction into San Joaquin Valley Cotton Board trials.

FiberMax cottons have been grown in the San Joaquin Valley for the past
four years for seed increase, however, in partnership with California
Planting Cottonseed Distributors (CPCSD) of Shafter, Calif.

While there may not be many acres planted to FiberMax cottons in the near
future, the herbicide Liberty will be registered for use in California
for use in non-tolerant California cotton next season using hooded or
shielded sprayers until layby, according to Mac Learned, Bayer
CropScience technical service representative.

Liberty herbicide is a non-selective gluyfosinate ammonia herbicide that
controls 39 broadleaf and 22 grasses and suppresses 25 others.

It can be used from cotyledon to 70 days before harvest.

Learned expects Liberty to be used where there are weed species shifts
from herbicide resistant cotton. He said it offers excellent control on
morningglory and pigweed.

Liberty and Rely, a herbicide registered on ornamentals, contain the same
active ingredient.

Wichtrich said biotechnology advancements are moving from agronomic into
valued added traits for farmers. These include improving the food value
of crops; development of industrial products from plants; enhancing
nutritional and taste values as well as more drought tolerance.

"We have the ability to modify genetics to meet the needs of the
marketplace," he added.

While biotechnology continues to be a controversial subject, Wichtrich
said the Bush administration is committed to its advancement, quoting the
White House of biotechnology as stating that biotech will feed the poor
nations of the world and will become more important in the future than
building bigger missiles.

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TITLE:  CSIRO clinches Bayer CropScience alliance
SOURCE: CSIRO, Australia, Media Release Ref 2003/60
DATE:   April 2, 2003

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CSIRO clinches Bayer CropScience alliance

CSIRO's highly successful alliance with Bayer CropScience has been
extended in an agreement that will deliver benefits to farmers and grow
Australia's R&D capabilities.

The agreement, finalised last week, will build on the existing successful
relationship of the organisations to develop modern biotechnology tools
applicable to cotton and other crops.

"The success of our alliance with Bayer CropScience is based on our
common commitment to strategic and fundamental research that leads to
innovative and valuable scientific discoveries," says Dr Jim Peacock,
Chief of CSIRO Plant Industry.

For Bayer CropScience, the alliance with CSIRO is regarded as a model for
global cooperation.

"This alliance is one of the most successful and important collaborative
research efforts our company is undertaking," says Dr Bernard Convent,
global head of BioScience Research for Bayer CropScience.

First established in 1998 the alliance has already seen some significant
scientific advances including innovations in the control of insect pests,
cotton fibre development and the mechanisms that control seed development.

As these discoveries are further developed the benefits to cotton growers
will include new cotton varieties that reduce the need for insecticides,
have higher and more reliable yields, and produce a higher quality product.

"In the pipeline we have some cotton breeding lines with improved insect
resistance that are being commercially evaluated - with this new
agreement we can expect to see many more similar developments," says Dr

CSIRO and Bayer CropScience have also delivered valuable intellectual
property and knowledge that will provide a platform for future research
and patenting opportunities that will ultimately reap rewards for
Australian and global R&D, and benefits for Australian farmers.

"Our Bayer CropScience alliance has fostered many joint projects,
successful collaborations and the exchange of scientists between
organisations to share and develop research ideas," says Dr Peacock.

"We look forward to continuing this top quality research collaboration
leading to innovative developments and products."

More information:
Dr Jim Peacock, CSIRO Plant Industry 02 6246 5250
Ms Susie O'Neill, Bayer CropScience General Manager, BioScience 03 9248 6814

Media Assistance:
Sophie Clayton, CSIRO Plant Industry 02 6246 5139, 0418 626 860,
Naomi Stevens, Bayer CropScience, BioScience 03 9248 6832, 0418 375 462,