Research and Markets - Bayer and BASF to Introduce GMO Seeds in Brazil

Mar 10, 2016, 07:46 ET from Research and Markets

DUBLIN, March 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

The global seed market is projected to reach a value of USD 92.3 billion by 2020, according to a recent report available from Research and Markets. The report states that the continually growing world population is driving the seed market, but there remains major concerns among the public over genetically modified foods and their potentially adverse effects to humans and environments. However, this concern may be declining as it was revealed today that Bayer AG and BASF SE plan to introduce genetically modified soybean seeds to their farms in Brazil this year. Both companies are trying to break Monsanto Co.'s ten year dominance in Brazil, which is the second-largest producer of soybean in the world.

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Bayer CropScience is offering soybean seed varieties resistant to the herbicide glufosinate ammonium. These seeds will be available for the planting season, which starts in October, and have been developed as an alternative to Monsanto's glyphosate-resistant seeds. BASF SE plans to offer their own herbicide-resistant soybean varieties for the next planting season. Soybeans account for around 50% of Brazil's total grain and fiber output, and the country is surprisingly supportive of genetically modified organisms. 94% of Brazil's soybean plantings have been modified to resist glyphosate weed killer. 

The global market for seed treatment in soybean is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 9.5% between 2015 and 2020, as noted in a recent industry report. This growth could be higher if Bayer and BASF's attempts in Brazil prove successful, as they are likely to further invest in soybean genetic engineering techniques. It may also encourage neighbouring countries in South America to embrace biological seed treatment with the same enthusiasm as Brazil.     

The global market for biological seed treatment is projected to reach a value of USD 560.98 by 2019, as forecast in a crop farming market report. The report names BASF, Bayer and Monsanto as the leading companies in this market, and their contest for Brazil is likely to result in higher market growth than predicted.

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