Bayer Acquires Biological Nematicide Product Line

Bayer CropScience acquired certain assets and technology related to biological development products of Agrogreen, Ashdod, Israel. AgroGreen, a business unit of the Minrav Group, is one of the leading companies in the bionematicides business.

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“It is exciting to see this biological technology and the products developed by Minrav being acquired by Bayer CropScience,” said Avraham Kuznitski, Chairman of the Minrav Group. “We are convinced that our technology will be an excellent fit with the Bayer CropScience portfolio.”

The acquired assets include products marketed under the brand name BioNem (Bacillus firmus), reducing nematode populations and root infestations in the soil, while stimulating increased yields. BioNem is currently registered in Israel for use in cucumbers, eggplant, pepper, tomato, major herbs, and garlic. Based on B. firmus as a mixing partner, Bayer CropScience plans to develop new seed treatment solutions for important agricultural crops such as corn, soybean, and cotton as well as soil-applied applications for use on fruits and vegetables.