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BASF unveils coming seed treatments at 2008 World Seed Congress

Commitment to advancing protection, vitality and technology / Plant Health pioneers

(PresseBox) (Ludwigshafen, ) Visitors to the 2008 World Seed Congress this week in Prague will gain first-hand insight into BASF's next-generation seed treatments. Just five years after building up its seed treatment research and development facilities, the company is coming out with several new proprietary products that offer customers best protection, extra vitality as well as leading-edge technology.

To develop these new-generation SeedSolutions, BASF has sought to transfer proprietary research results and innovative technologies from areas as diverse as automotive coatings, textile chemicals and vitamin capsules to seed treatments. New pigments originally developed by BASF for the textile industry, for example, have been tailored to meet seed industry specifications. With the support of BASF's Verbund polymer research, the company's SeedSolutions laboratories are designing seed treatment formulations that can release the active ingredient slowly over time. Another example: Expertise in adjuvants has allowed SeedSolutions researchers to improve flowability and reduce dusting.

"Of course, our customers want the best fungicide or insecticide in the market, but they also want a complete solution," said Hans J. Lutz, Director Seed Treatment, Global Strategic Marketing at BASF Crop Protection. "As part such complete solutions. When we say SeedSolutions" adds Lutz, "we at BASF mean best protection, extra vitality and leading-edge technology. Taken together, this means minimizing risk and maximizing returns against a backdrop of rising seed value."

SeedSolutions is harnessing the power of Plant Health for its seed treatment products. "Stamina® with F 500® is the first in the new generation of BASF seed treatment products that the company will be launching globally over the next couple of years," said Lutz. In the United States, where the product was recently registered, growers are planting corn earlier due to brisk demand and high commodity prices. They can improve their yields with Stamina because our product not only protects the seedling against fungal disease but also makes it more resistant to frost.

BASF's next-generation SeedSolutions will contain active ingredients such as F 500®, the active ingredient in Headline® and Opera®, as well as boscalid and fipronil, which also show promising yield and quality advantages in addition to superior disease and insect control. BASF is and will continue to be at the forefront of this new area of scientific discovery, by transferring these benefits to its SeedSolutions.

About the Crop Protection division

With sales of €3,137 million in 2007, BASF's Crop Protection division is a leader in crop protection and a strong partner to the farming industry providing well-established and innovative fungicides, insecticides and herbicides. Farmers use these products and services to improve crop yields and crop quality. Other uses include public health, structural/urban pest control, turf and ornamental plants, vegetation management, and forestry. BASF aims to turn knowledge rapidly into market success. The vision of BASF's Crop Protection division is to be the world's leading innovator, optimizing agricultural production, improving nutrition, and thus enhancing the quality of life for a growing world population. Further information can be found on the web at www.agro.basf.com.

BASF AG

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from oil and gas to chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals. As a reliable partner BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF has more than 95,000 employees and posted sales of almost €58 billion in 2007. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.