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Bayer CropScience NV

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Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials.
Bayer CropScience NV, a subsidiary of Bayer AG with annual sales of about EUR 6.5 billion (2009), is one of the world's leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and traits. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of 18,700 and is represented in more than 120 countries.
The BioScience business unit of Bayer CropScience is a seed and trait business that uses modern plant breeding techniques including plant biotechnology to improve the quality of crops and vegetables. Together with Crop Protection, BioScience offers an integrated portfolio of high quality seeds, trait technologies and high performance crop protection products with tailored service and expert advice.

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Key competences and facilities

Bayer CropScience NV recruited Jean-Luc Runavot and organized the network-training event 2. Bayer hosted for secondment Fanny Buffetto, Xiaoyuan Guo,Mercedes Hernandez, Dhivyaa Rajasundaram, and Valérie Cornuault. ESRs/ER will have access to high throughput instruments applied to molecular genetic product testing & germplasm certification as well as to advances equipments to analyse cell wall structure and composition.

Key persons

Dr F. Meulewaeter (scientist in charge) is the leader of the project on cotton fibres that Jean-Luc Runavot was working on.

N. Bautsoens (researcher) is particularly involved in the biochemical and biological analysis of cotton fibres.