22 August 2012 08:21 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--BASF and Australia’s Cooperative Research Centre for Polymers (CRC-P) has signed an agreement to develop a new range of advanced polymers that will help to better manage water and nutrients in soil, the two partners said on Wednesday.
CRC-P is a joint venture between companies, universities and government research organizations and is an Australian government initiative, they said in a statement.
The project will focus on a range of polymers that will optimise growing conditions for plants in the soil, they said.
“Potential products include sprays for water-repellent soils and polymers that can control the distribution of moisture in the soil,” the partners said.
“The laboratory and field trials will focus on agricultural crops,” they added.
The five-year cooperation will strengthen the research and commercial activities at BASF’s new functional crop care business unit, which develops solutions for stress and resource management in crop farming, according to the statement.
Financial details of the project were not disclosed.
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