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Scientists Call for Turnaround in Weed–Control Research

| Editor: Dominik Stephan

As herbcicide resistance becomes increasingly problematic, agro–scientists called for new research initiatives at a recent symposium hosted by Bayer CropScience.
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As herbcicide resistance becomes increasingly problematic, agro–scientists called for new research initiatives at a recent symposium hosted by Bayer CropScience. (Picture: Bayer CropSCience)

Increased research in weed control is urgently required now to address the severe agricultural problems of today and tomorrow. This was a fundamental consensus among all participants of a two-day symposium in Frankfurt and Monheim organized by Bayer Cropscience...

"For over 25 years no herbicide for broad acre crops with a new mode of action and commercial relevance has been discovered and brought to market by the global crop science industry," said Dr. Hermann Stübler, Head of Research Frankfurt and Weed Control Research at Bayer Cropscience.

The German based agrochemical company had organised a two-day scientific symposium to discuss the trends and needs of crop sciences and agrochemicals. Sixteen renowned external participants, among them the Nobel Prize-winners in Chemistry Professor Robert Huber and Professor Hartmut Michel, discussed possible solutions and ways forward with some 40 experts from Bayer Cropscience.

Herbicide Resistance in Weeds Calls for New Solutions

"There is tremendous selection pressure for herbicide resistance in weeds in all major row crops, and options are shrinking. Weed resistance is a growing problem that is changing agronomic practices and threatening the long-term viability of economical weed control," added Professor Stephen Powles, Director at the University of Western Australia. Therefore, what is needed were new approaches for old problems: Agriculture worldwide needs new solutions," the scientists called for urgent turnaround in weed-control research.

Discussing the Turnaround: Wee Control Needs Research, Scientists Say

The objective of the symposium was to discuss options for an urgent turnaround in weed-control research. For this purpose, the participants worked in groups on different topics such as how to increase our understanding of plants as whole systems; focusing on new ways to discover new herbicide modes of action and improve chemical lead discovery; and defining collaboration opportunities with leading institutes.

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