RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (PRNewswire) — Bayer CropScience LP and Elemental Enzymes Ag and Turf LLC on Tuesday announced a research initiative focused on improving crop productivity. Working together and building on their respective innovation expertise, the two companies look to create breakthrough technologies that will enhance agricultural sustainability and help meet the challenge of feeding a growing world population. The research collaboration and licenses are specific to certain Elemental Enzymes technologies in multiple areas of the agricultural industry and provide Elemental Enzymes the opportunity to use innovations created by the collaboration in other areas and industries.
The research is part of an on-going collaboration between the two companies involving the use of soil microbes to help improve plant health and improve crop productivity. "Bayer CropScience is a world-class partner to help introduce our proprietary platform to farmers globally," says Jim Zimmer, global commercialization lead for Elemental Enzymes. Dr. Brian Thompson, CEO of Elemental Enzymes, shares "Our research is focused on delivering unique biological solutions to crops, leading to increased yields." Dr. Jonathan Margolis, Vice President of Biologics R&D at Bayer CropScience, echoes this enthusiasm, noting "Our scientists are excited to help develop this novel technology because it fits so well with our commitment to innovation and our strategic approach to integrated crop solutions."
Bayer CropScience believes that research in this technology will help broaden the scope of its offerings as a means of addressing agriculture's long-term goal of helping to feed a world population that will exceed 9 billion people by 2050. "We believe this research will advance the use of soil microbes as a key component of modern agricultural practices in the future," says Jim Blome, President and CEO of Bayer CropScience LP. "This technology provides a unique opportunity to build on Bayer's industry-leading solutions by developing new products that offer growers a means of increasing yields on their existing acreage."