Collaborative Effort to Develop Sustainable Herbicide: AgPlenus and Bayer Join Forces in AI-Driven Innovation

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AgPlenus Ltd., a subsidiary of Evogene Ltd., has forged a strategic collaboration with Bayer AG to harness the power of artificial intelligence (AI) in the development of a groundbreaking, sustainable herbicide with a broad-spectrum mode of action (MoA), specifically targeting the APTH1 protein. This innovative partnership seeks to tackle pressing challenges faced by farmers, including weed resistance and the impacts .

By leveraging AgPlenus’ advanced computational modeling technology, which is driven by AI algorithms. The  collaboration aims to design and optimize molecules with potent herbicidal activity.Also, these  molecules will undergo rigorous testing and refinement within Bayer’s Crop Science division. In return, which it boasts industry-leading expertise in research, development, and commercialization of crop protection products.

The joint efforts will not only focus on creating novel solutions for farmers but also address the need for sustainability in crop protection practices. With the herbicide market valued at $42.81 billion in 2024, the stakes are high for ensuring global food security while minimizing environmental impact.

Under the terms of the agreement, Bayer will hold exclusive rights for the development and commercialization of products resulting from the collaboration. AgPlenus stands to benefit from upfront payments, ongoing research funding, milestone achievements, and royalties based on future product sales.

Both parties are optimistic about the potential impact of their collaboration. Rachel Rama, Head of Small Molecules at Bayer’s Crop Science division, emphasizes the shared commitment to harnessing breakthrough technologies to meet the evolving needs of farmers and address societal expectations regarding crop protection. Dr. Brian Ember, CEO of AgPlenus, sees the partnership as a validation of their computational technology platform and a significant step towards providing farmers worldwide with effective, sustainable tools for crop protection.


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