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BASF's activities in the field of plant biotechnology are consolidated in BASF Plant Science. BASF Plant Science is an internationally networked research and technology Verbund with eight research centers in Europe and North America. In addition, there are a great number of cooperative agreements with research institutes, universities and biotechnology companies, such as the biotechnology company Monsanto. BASF currently employs approximately 700 staff members in the field of plant biotechnology.

"Biotechnology is a key technology of the 21st century. We are convinced that our products will make an important contribution to more efficient agriculture, healthy nutrition and to the conservative use of natural resources." Dr. Hans Kast, Managing Director of BASF Plant Science

In the period from 2006 to 2008 BASF invest € 400 million in the expansion of plant biotechnology. With the technologies that we have developed and the knowledge that we are currently gaining about plant genomes, we aim to be one of the world's leading plant biotechnology companies in a few years' time and to develop plants for

* more efficient agriculture * healthier nutrition * utilization as renewable raw materials.

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