Breeding for All, Hunger for None
How Plant Breeding Works
New Technologies Driving the Future of Plant Breeding
Objectives of Plant Breeding
As communities continue to fight poverty, hunger, and malnutrition, it’s our responsibility to expand the reach and impact of Bayer’s global breeding resources. We work to improve the availability of high-performing seeds for farmers globally through partnerships aimed at knowledge-sharing, and germplasm and data contributions. Supporting the advancement of agricultural science for the benefit of farmers, consumers and the planet through partnerships and contributions is at the core of who we are as an innovation company.
The partnerships we pursue are often cross-sector and focus on supplementing the skillsets of local researchers and farmers by sharing our team’s knowledge and experiences. They prioritize the inclusion and diversity of local culture as well as gender representation and drive a positive impact by connecting unique local know-how with Bayer’s global insights. Just as we employ an open-innovation mindset for our own R&D pipeline, we believe that the solutions with the greatest impact for agriculture’s biggest challenges will be reached through collaboration that brings together diverse insights.
We also use our scale for good through germplasm and data contributions to breeding and seed bank programs across a variety of crops and world regions. Our large global testing footprint, vast germplasm library, and extensive genetic characterization data are unmatched in the industry. This puts Bayer in a unique and fortunate position to share germplasm and corresponding data insights that will further the research of many other innovators. As a company that’s passionate about the advancement of ag science and – importantly – seeing that advancement make a positive impact for farmers as quickly as possible, the opportunity to enable this kind of benefits sharing is exciting for our team.
We are involved in many projects and programs dedicated to advancing agriculture around the world. Although not exhaustive, below you will find many examples of these projects and programs.
We provide on-going in-kind support, in the form of yield trials, nursery resources, plant testing, and expertise critical to maintaining plant genetic resources in public gene banks, by conducting seed increases for hundreds of accessions annually for crops including cauliflower, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, maize, melon, pepper, spinach, tomato, and watermelon. For many of these crops, support has been consistently provided for more than 10 years, and overall we have participated in the U. S. Department of Agriculture Germplasm Enhancement of Maize project (USDA-GEM) for more than 25 years.
These increases are performed at the request of the Centre for Genetic Resources of the Netherlands (CGN), French National Research Institute for Agriculture Food and Environment (INRAE), the United States Department of Agriculture National Plant Germplasm System (USDA-NPGS), and USDA-GEM.