It takes a long time for a promising active ingredient to be ready for use in the field. Between eight and ten years elapse between the first tests in the laboratory and field trials and the granting of marketing authorization by the regulatory authorities. This work costs around EUR 200 million.
A way of escorting substances inside the plant
Ecotoxicology and computer animation
These tests are carried out both in the laboratory and under the real-life conditions found in a natural ecosystem. When evaluating the environmental compatibility of a potential new active ingredient, scientists also consider the typical behavior of the test species. Computer simulations and extensive ecotoxicology studies are further elements in a process which ensures that crop protection products are among the most thoroughly investigated of all chemicals. These products are vital for modern agriculture. Modern crop protection products are the reason that it is possible to find high-quality, healthful and safe food on supermarket shelves and market stalls all over the world. This is why crop protection is central to Bayer CropScience’s overall strategy for the agricultural value chain.