Bayer CropScience Announces Seed Innovation at Pollinator Summit

Bayer CropScience Announces Seed Innovation at Pollinator Summit

New seed application technology designed to reduce dust and support bee
health.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., March 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB --
Bayer CropScience today announced plans for conducting large-scale field
studies this season to evaluate its new seed application technology, which is
designed to reduce potential dust exposure to honey bees. The use of
lubricants, such as talc or graphite, is a standard recommendation by seed
planter manufacturers to reduce friction and improve planting uniformity, but
such additions can result in airborne dust particles that could potentially
expose foraging honey bees to small traces of insecticides if they were to
come in contact with them. The new lubricant system developed by Bayer
CropScience has been shown in tests to dramatically reduce this potential
exposure when compared to existing alternatives.

Speaking at the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Pollinator Summit, as
part of a diverse group of stakeholders, including members of the crop
protection industry, equipment manufacturing companies, researchers,
beekeepers, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Bayer's Director of
Product Development, Seed Growth, Bill Hairston, reported airborn dust
reductions of up to 90% when using the new lubrication system. "Our initial
work in the laboratory and limited field trials over the past two years has
been very promising," he noted. "We are very fortunate to be working with all
of the major equipment manufacturers in expanding the scope of our research."
The company plans to evaluate the new system on 200,000 acres of corn in the
United States and Canada during 2013.

For more than 25 years, Bayer has been actively involved in finding solutions
to improve honey bee health and this effort continues. Last month the company
announced plans to build a North American Bee Care Center, which will serve as
a gathering place for researchers, bee experts, students and other visitors to
meet regularly with leading Bayer scientists on issues involving bee health.
To further underscore this commitment, last week Bayer launched its mobile Bee
Care Tour, which will travel to university agriculture schools and farm
communities across Corn Belt States over the next three months.

Working collaboratively with government and agricultural stakeholders to
protect pollinators and develop technology solutions is critical to
sustainable agriculture. "We understand the necessity for healthy bees as
pollinators and their critical role to agriculture, and by working with
scientists, growers, beekeepers and other industry stakeholders, we strive to
create new approaches and solutions to benefit bee health and the global food
supply," said Jim Blome, president and CEO of Bayer CropScience North America.

Bayer is dedicated to crop protection and is committed to environmental
stewardship and sustainable agricultural practices, including the protection
of beneficial insects such as honey bees.

For additional information and background on other sustainability initiatives
please visit http://www.bayercropscience.us/our-commitment/bayer-initiatives.

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About Bayer CropScience

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health
care, agriculture and high-tech materials. This year the company is
celebrating 150 years of Bayer – consistent with its mission "Bayer: Science
For A Better Life". Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible
for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,383 million (2012)
and is one of the world's leading innovative crop science companies in the
areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company
offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative
crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as
well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In
the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad
portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to
forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 20,800 and is
represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at:
http://www.press.bayercropscience.com.

Contact:

Bayer CropScience Media Hotline: 1-877-879-6162

USA-BCS-2013-0074

Find more information at http://www.bayercropscience.us.

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CONTACT: Bayer CropScience LP
         Jeff Brehmer
         jeff.brehmer@bayer.com
         (806) 765-8844
 
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