Bayer CropScience, IPK to develop canola hybrids

By Erin Voegele | February 10, 2009
Web exclusive posted Feb. 25, 2009, at 10:44 a.m. CST

Bayer CropScience and the German Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) recently announced the formation of a research agreement to develop modified, high-yielding canola hybrids. According to a press release issued by the two entities, Bayer CropScience's aim is to incorporate the innovations that are developed into its InVigor Canola seed business in North America and develop global oilseed rape products for markets with a high demand for healthy, high-quality oils.

Canola oil is used in the food industry and as a feedstock for biodiesel production. According to Bayer CropScience and IPK, the oil content of conventional canola is approximately 45 percent; however, the entities say there is potential to increase the oil content through plant biotechnology.

"This collaboration with a global company like Bayer CropScience demonstrates that our research is also attracting international attention outside the scientific community," said Andreas Graner, managing director of the IPK in Gatersleben, Germany. "The use of findings from basic research carried out at the IPK to breed improved agricultural crop plants is a major contribution towards safeguarding the food supply in the long term and providing renewable raw materials."

Biodiesel Magazine's current plant list includes three biodiesel production facilities that exclusively use canola oil as a feedstock. These facilities include Inland Empire Oilseeds in Odessa, Wash.; Archer Daniels Midland Co. in Velva, N.D.; and LC Biofuels LLC in Richmond, Calif.
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