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Research and Breeding

Agriculture faces grand challenges worldwide. It must supply a growing number of people with food. At the same time, the demand for raw materials and bioenergy from plants is also growing. Higher demand and continuing climate change mean that plants are becoming more and more important as a renewable resource for mankind. Unlocking the potential of plants and leveraging it to tackle the major challenges we face to ensure sustainable farming worldwide – that is the task of plant breeding.
Plant breeding is the act of creating diversity within a plant species by systematically crossing and selecting plants with specific traits for agricultural cultivation. It includes the preservation of established crop varieties as well as the continuous further development of varieties that form the basis of our food supply and give us raw materials we can process. New combinations of genes or expansion of the genetic basis of crops make it possible for plant breeding to meet the requirements demanded of it.†
The objective of our research and development is to obtain new crop varieties that are tailored to different needs and changing agricultural requirements. Our key concern is to develop plant varieties that deliver high and stable yields. Our research supplies the groundwork for developing new and improved traits and for optimizing breeding methods. Growing demands on crops with better cultivation characteristics, for further processing and, †with improved and additional secondary plant metabolites give us most valuable input for further research and breeding activities.
Our great commitment to research and breeding is the foundation of our company’s success. Our expenditure on research and breeding has increased continuously over the past 10 years. We invested €140.3 million in that area in fiscal year 2012/2013, a figure that rose to €148.8 million in fiscal year 2013/2014. We have more than 1,800 employees worldwide working in research and development.†

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