Driving weed resistance knowledge
How WRCC works
Unique diagnostics capabilitiesAt WRCC we use proven methods and innovative technologies for metabolic and target-site resistance analyses. Besides testing compounds to determine if resistance to a particular herbicide or herbicide class exists, we study herbicide metabolism and target-site mutations using the latest analytical technologies, molecular biology and genomics.
Key research areas
No other company routinely runs as many samples to analyze target-site mutations. To broaden our research capabilities, we conduct research projects with an extensive network of leading researchers, e.g. to identify genes responsible for enhanced metabolism, resistance evolution and its driving factors, and to develop field resistance test kits. We also support Bayer’s internal research work, e.g. in discovering novel herbicides and conducting field studies with existing products.
Our ultimate aim is to fully understand a field’s resistance profile in order to develop the best possible weed management strategy recommendations. A longer-term approach to managing weeds, and particularly resistant weeds, is the prerequisite for success.
Tackling the threat to reliable weed control
Global agriculture is now at a crossroads in weed control because of herbicide resistance. The lack of new resistance-breaking herbicides is a serious issue that threatens the sustainability of current agricultural production models. New and effective herbicides have to be found fast, which is why Bayer invests significant resources in herbicide discovery, weed resistance research, and the future of weed control. But lots of work remains to be done, and the challenge is difficult for any one company alone to handle. For that reason, Bayer enhances its R&D capabilities by entering into partnerships with leading scientists and institutes across the globe.