Bayer CropScience Breaks Ground on New Greenhouse For Cotton Research And Development in Memphis, Tennessee

Bayer CropScience Breaks Ground on New Greenhouse For Cotton Research And
Development in Memphis, Tennessee

Company plans to invest USD 17 million for state-of-the-art greenhouse as part
of EUR 7 billion global research and development commitment;
40,000-square-foot facility designed for plant productivity and
sustainability; Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton
Jr. and other local dignitaries attend groundbreaking ceremony

MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Bayer
CropScience recently celebrated the groundbreaking of its newest research and
development facility: a 40,000-square-foot greenhouse, which will help
increase the number of traits available for cotton varieties in both the U.S.
and international markets. The company plans to invest USD 17 million for the
new greenhouse, located at Agricenter International in Memphis, Tenn., as part
of the greater Bayer CropScience commitment to invest EUR 7 billion in
research and development as well as an expansion of production capacities and
seed processing facilities globally between 2011 and 2016. Shelby County Mayor
Mark Luttrell and Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton Jr. joined other local Tennessee
dignitaries and Bayer CropScience executives to share in the festivities.

The event, which was held on April 1, 2013, began with a groundbreaking
ceremony at the Bayer CropScience Memphis site. More than 40 local dignitaries
visited the Bayer CropScience site and heard comments from Lloyd McCall,
Director Global Molecular Breeding; Geoff Kneen, Head of Strategic Initiatives
and Research Triangle Park Operations; and Al Balducchi, Global Cotton Trait
Introgression Manager. The festivities concluded with a reception hosted by
Agricenter International that showcased Tennessee agriculture and the valuable
contributions companies such as Bayer CropScience make to sustain it.

"Bayer CropScience is the leading cotton seed company globally, and we are
committed to bringing innovation to the cotton industry. Once completed, the
Memphis Greenhouse will allow us to increase the number of traits for cotton
varieties for both U.S. and global markets," said Mike Gilbert, Head of Global
Breeding and Trait Development for Bayer CropScience. "This greenhouse will
help ensure we maintain our leading position in the global cotton industry by
delivering growers choices and sustainable solutions."

The Memphis Greenhouse, which is scheduled for completion in early 2014, will
feature 40,000 square feet of growing space as well as a spacious headhouse
and open office area. It will be unique in its scale and global scope, and
will help Bayer CropScience provide new technologies to give growers more
choices. The Memphis Greenhouse will enhance efficient selection for cotton
breeding while improving ergonomic working conditions for staff.

Bayer CropScience supports environmentally compatible practices company-wide,
and the Memphis Greenhouse was designed with sustainability in mind. For
example, by incorporating automation into the design, the greenhouse will have
a reduced footprint, which means less materials and an approximate 40 percent
reduction annually in natural gas and electricity consumption. Additionally,
the facility will include hands-free plumbing fixtures and high efficiency
lights with longer lasting ballasts.

The Memphis site of Bayer CropScience supports all of the company's cotton
brands, including Stoneville® and FiberMax®. All cotton trait introgression
work for North America is done in Memphis, which also provides trait
introgression support for Bayer CropScience cotton seed business development
in South America.

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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:

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