Corteva, BASF Partner to Deliver the Future of Weed Control for Soybean Farmers
Corteva Agriscience and BASF announced a long-term partnership to develop next-gen soybean weed control solutions for the world’s farmers. Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will cross-license soybean traits while developing complementary herbicide technologies, enabling both to offer innovative and tailored soybean weed control options.
Plans include Corteva combining a proprietary PPO (protoporphyrinogen oxidase) gene licensed from BASF with its portfolio of herbicide tolerant traits, including its proprietary 2,4-D choline gene, to develop a new trait stack for soybeans that will include tolerance to four herbicide modes of action or distinct mechanisms.
This stack will include tolerance to both Corteva and BASF herbicides, along with tolerance to a new PPO inhibiting herbicide under development by BASF and to glyphosate.
This innovative tolerance stack is expected to be available in all Corteva seed brands, and Corteva has licensed the stack to BASF for use in that company’s seed brands as well. Expectations also exist for licensing the trait stack to additional seed companies in the future.
The first market introduction of this trait stack is planned for North America with additional geographies to follow.