How BASF’s UK Biological Production Facility Expansion Affects U.S. Growers
BASF has expanded its biologicals production facility in Littlehampton, UK. The new capacity increases the company’s ability to double the production of beneficial nematodes and inoculants.
The expansion signals BASF’s commitment to solutions beyond conventional crop protection. It already has six different types of beneficial nematodes, including Nemaslug and Nemasys products, each offering a distinct mode of action for protection on vegetable and horticulture crops, as well as turf.
“We are making significant investments in innovating and delivering the best in biological and chemical solutions. This will support our customers to produce more efficiently with an even better outcome while meeting the evolving expectations of society. Now and for the long term, we are committed to being an innovative partner in this dynamic area,” says Philipp Rosendorfer, Vice President R&D Functional Crop Care.
In addition to beneficial nematodes, the additional capacity increases the supply of inoculants from BASF worldwide.
“The demand for our beneficial nematodes has increased significantly over the past five years, with 2014 being our best year to date,” explains Graeme Gowling, Global Biologicals Marketing, Functional Crop Care. “Our customers see an increasingly important role in using beneficial nematodes in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs, as they are easy to apply, have a longer window of activity and can effectively control yield-robbing pests.”
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