The Crop Science division is responsible for Bayer’s agricultural business. Bayer is one of the world’s leading companies for crop protection, seeds and professional pest control.
Industriepark Höchst plays host to its herbicide research team. These scientists synthesize new compounds and investigate their impact on weeds and crops. They have made it their mission to find new solutions for sustainable weed control in order to help farmers increase crop yields. One of their special focuses is the investigation and management of herbicide resistances that can spread worldwide, threatening entire harvests in the process.
New chemical entities are evaluated for their environmental compatibility and resource conservation impact throughout the R&D process, starting with the initial research phase. Top priority is given to health, safety and environmental issues when researching new substances and manufacturing active ingredients.
The active herbicidal ingredients manufactured in Frankfurt are used by farmers worldwide. They are formulated – i.e. placed in a form that is easy for customers to use – bottled, packaged, warehoused and then transported to distribution centers and final customers.
Two of the herbicides produced at Industriepark Höchst are Basta® and Atlantis®.
Basta® (active ingredient name: glufosinate-ammonium) is a water-soluble substance manufactured in the AC1 B plant (Agrochemical 1 Basta). Formulated as an aqueous solution, it controls weeds when applied to fields before sowing or crop emergence. Basta® treats weeds in corn, beet, potato and berry fields and in fruit orchards. Weeds absorb the active ingredient solely through their leaves.
Atlantis® (active ingredient name: mesosulfuron-methyl) is frequently formulated as a vegetable oil dispersion together with other active ingredients and so is marketed under different product names. These formulations are selective (i.e. they target specific plants) and can control grasses in wheat or rye fields without damaging crops. Mesosulfuron-methyl is manufactured in the AC2 plant along with other substances.
In addition to herbicides, Bayer’s Frankfurt operation also manufactures insecticides, fungicides and seed treatments on a small scale.
Service departments like HR, Engineering, Logistics, Accounting and Quality Control support research and production and provide other services. The Crop Science division of Bayer is integrated into Industriepark Höchst and utilizes many of the services provided by the park’s operator, Infraserv Höchst, such as utilities, the industrial fire brigade, emergency management and the Industrial Clinic.