Bayer and DuPont collaborate in agribiotechnology sector
Monheim – International agro-giants Bayer CropScience and DuPont have entered into a series of long-term business agreements related to key plant biotechnology traits and enabling technologies that shall help increase agricultural productivity around the world.
According to company sources, the agreements establish cross-licences that will enable next generation seed solutions and weed and insect control strategies from Bayer CropScience and the DuPont Crop Protection and Pioneer Hi-Bred businesses. Moreover, the contract also resolve outstanding legal and patent disputes between the companies in the area of insect control and herbicide safeners.
Within the framework, Bayer CropScience grants Pioneer licences to use the LibertyLink® trademark in Pioneer proprietary maize and soybean germplasm. In addition, Bayer CropScience will provide Pioneer with worldwide regulatory support for Pioneer products comprising the LibertyLink® trait. The company also enables Pioneer to use the glufosinate-tolerance technology in soybean product development.
In the area of insect resistance, Bayer CropScience provides Pioneer with licences under its Dual Bt patents, with limited rights to grant sublicences for development of next generation insect resistance management in corn.