GRDC and Bayer team up

The West Australian

An historic research partnership has been announced to identify and develop the next generation of herbicides for the grains industry.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said the agreement between the Grains Research and Development Corporation and Bayer CropScience was a welcome boost for Australia's grain farmers.

"This is exactly the kind of strong partnership in innovative research between government and industry that will keep Australia at the forefront of world grain production," Mr Joyce said.

"This agreement will seek to develop new herbicide chemistry that is vital to sustainable modern crop production systems. In particular, this partnership aims to overcome the growing incidence of chemical resistance by identifying new active ingredients.

"At a global level, Australia is not considered a major market for the development of herbicides, so it's really pleasing to see the GRDC investing $45 million over five years and working with a globally respected research company to ensure our farmers (can) take advantage of the newest developments."

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