Bayer Makes Several Biotech Deals

Monheim, Germany-based Bayer Crop Science signed two agreements recently that will strengthen your grower-customers’ biotech seed choices in the future.

One deal is with DuPont regarding corn and soybeans, the other with Monsanto covers canola.

Bayer CropScience and Delaware, U.S. based DuPont have entered into a series of long-term business agreements related to key plant biotechnology traits and technologies, according to a Bayer press release. The agreements establish cross-licenses for next generation seed solutions and weed and insect control strategies from Bayer CropScience, DuPont Crop Protection, and DuPont’s Pioneer Hi-Bred business. The agreements also resolve current legal and patent disputes between the companies regarding insect control and herbicide safeners.

In the agreements, Bayer CropScience grants Pioneer licenses to use the LibertyLink trademark in Pioneer proprietary corn and soybean germplasm, as well as providing Pioneer with worldwide regulatory support for Pioneer products with the LibertyLink trait. Pioneer will also be permitted the use of glufosinate-tolerance technology in soybean product development. Bayer CropScience will also provide Pioneer with licenses under its Dual Bt patents, with limited rights to grant sublicenses for development of next generation insect resistance management in corn.

DuPont Crop Protection will also have the right to continue to offer its DuPont Q product formulations containing the Bayer herbicide safener isoxadifen, as well as rights to offer blends of isoxadifen with certain defined HPPD herbicides and sulfoonylurea herbides, including licenses to enable DuPont to introduce a broad class of future crop protection product offerings. A number of other cross-licenses on enabling technologies between the two companies are included in the agreements, but details were not disclosed.

The agreement with Monsanto Co. allows the two companies to cross license their respective herbicide tolerance traits in canola on a non-exclusive basis for commercialization within their respective branded canola seed businesses.

Under the terms of the agreement, Bayer will receive access to Monsanto’s Genuity Roundup Ready canola trait, and Monsanto will have access to Bayer’s LibertyLink tolerance trait for use in canola. Specified non-exclusive rights to access for future herbicide tolerance traits and other agronomic traits that either party may introduce for use in canola are also included under this agreement. Further details of the agreement were not disclosed.

(Sources: Bayer Crop Science, Farm Chemicals International eNews)

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