GRDC, Bayer Cropscience to continue 'Herbicide Innovation Partnership' till 2025

It aims at providing new technologies to manage herbicide resistance and support the sustainability of modern crop production systems  

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 A major international collaboration aimed at developing innovative weed management solutions for Australian grain growers will enter a new phase of discovery. The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and the Crop Science division of Bayer announced that the Herbicide Innovation Partnership (HIP) would be extended for another four years to 2025.

The partnership was formed in 2015 and since then the private-public collaboration has delivered promising results in the identification of a number of chemistry candidates for new sustainable modes of action.

The Herbicide Innovation Partnership’s major objective is to provide Australian growers with new technologies to manage herbicide resistance and support the sustainability of modern crop production systems for decades to come.

Bayer Australia Managing Director, Joerg Ellmanns, said that the partnership with the GRDC puts Australian growers at the next frontier of the development of new molecules while cultivating capability and capacity for the nation’s grains industry.

“The GRDC investment on behalf of Australian growers has contributed to our scientists synthesising several tens of thousands of new molecules for laboratory and greenhouse testing, and several of these have progressed to the stage of readiness for Australian and international field testing – an important first step in the process of the field evaluation of candidates with potential for commercial development.”

GRDC Acting General Manager Crop Protection, Biosecurity and Regulation, Ken Young, said. “The focus of research under HIP is to discover selective herbicides that target weeds of Australian importance for use in wheat and other broad acre cereal crops.”

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