5 April 2002

Crop protection on the outside

CROP protection companies are increasingly looking to outside experts and research alliances to maintain the quality and cost-effectiveness of research and development programmes, according to a new report from industry analyst Agrow.

Increasing demands on R&D budgets, shrinking global agrochemical sales and the high level of expertise necessary to utilise novel research technologies all explain the change, says Trends in Crop Protection R&D. Bayer is highlighted as a typical example of companies pursuing this route. &#42