Bayer's new biological crop protection production facility
Peter Lueth, Managing Director of Bayer CropScience Biologics GmbH, underlined the company's expert knowledge and many years of experience in the field of fermentation: "Our employees are proud of their innovations and patented technologies, because they contribute to the success of Bayer. That's why we will continue to place our trust in our workforce's know-how and creativity in the future."
Research, Development and Production to be extended in stages
At present, research into new biological solutions based on fungal spores is conducted at Bayer's site in Malchow on the island of Poel, Germany. In the future, Bayer CropScience's local research and development activities will be concentrated in Wismar. The relocation will begin as soon as the approximately 1,600 m² two-story building complex with laboratories, pilot plants and offices has been completed. The relocation of R&D activities is scheduled for 2015.
The new production building in Wismar will meet state-of-the-art product quality and safety standards. Including a warehouse, Bayer's employees will have an area of 4,000 m² at their disposal in future - enough space for ideal production and fermentation conditions. The company is therefore well prepared for the future and can react flexibly to new market conditions.
BioAct and Contans: biologically active against nematodes and harmful fungi
Bayer CropScience markets microorganism-based biological crop protection products that are registered in more than 30 countries around the world. Biologicals have an outstanding environmental profile and are therefore one of the four cornerstones of Bayer CropScience's integrated crop solutions, along with the choice of enhanced seeds, use of chemical active ingredients and supplementary services.
The Wismar site will manufacture the nematocide BioAct and the fungicide Contans WG, which is used primarily on fruit and vegetables in tropical and subtropical countries. Bayer has also developed a patented technology for active substance fermentation, which can be used to produce large quantities of fungal biomass and fungal spores under sterile conditions. These are then used as biological active ingredients in innovative crop protection formulations.
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