Bayer CropScience inaugurates Greenhouse for R&D in US

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July 24, 2012


Bayer CropScience inaugurates Greenhouse for R&D in US


Press release




Bayer CropScience''s US$20-million research facility - a 3-storey, 60,000 square feet BioScience greenhouse at Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, US is now open for soy, corn and other broadacre crop research.



Research cultivated in the new Bayer CropScience greenhouse includes the study of traits for corn and soybeans, as well as molecular breeding and the development of data packages for trait deregulation. The greenhouse is set to propel farming forward with 30,000 square feet of greenhouse space, more than 3,500 square feet of office and meeting space, and 2,400 square feet of growth chambers, laboratory, seed handling and storage areas.



Through research and development initiatives, scientists will grow solutions to meet the world''s increasing demand for food and more productive farmlands.



"This investment in research and people will help drive our developments in producing crops even more efficiently and sustainably," said Dr. Wolfgang Plischke, the Bayer AG management board member responsible for Innovation, Technology and Sustainability, during the inauguration ceremony. "The greenhouse marks our commitment to cultivating new ideas and answers, and also reflects our continued expansion of our BioScience activities."



Bayer board of management member, Professor Dr Wolfgang Plischke; N.C. Secretary of Commerce Keith Crisco; and Dr. Richard Reich, Assistant Commissioner, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services along with and other state and local dignitaries were present at the opening.



The facility was built with sustainability in mind: A 70,000 gallon underground water storage tank will harvest rainwater for plant irrigation and is expected to reduce consumption of potable water by approximately 700,000 gallons annually.