BASF Plant Science is a subsidiary of BASF in which all plant biotechnology activities are consolidated. The GmbH was founded in 1998 and employs approximately 700 people at 6 different locations worldwide. The headquarters of BASF Plant Science is located in Research Triangle Park (North Carolina, USA). Plant Science has research sites in the US, Canada and Europe. At these locations the company is mainly developing genetically modified seeds.
The company genetically modified crops like maize, soy, cotton, canola, sugarcane, sugar beet and potatoes "for a more efficient agriculture". Together with subsidiaries and partners, as well as in cooperation with universities and research institutions, BASF Plant Science is also developing new procedures and practices in genetic technology.
As of 2011, BASF Plant Science has developed three products:
A range of more crops are in the pipeline:
Other products are being developed for the food industry for use in genetically modified foods. Examples include plants with a higher content of omega-3 fatty acids for preventing cardiovascular diseases, and plants with a higher content of astaxanthin which is used in fish farming as feed additive, and as a food supplement for humans.
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