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Driving weed resistance knowledge

The depth and breadth of resistance analysis expertise at Bayer’s Weed Resistance Competence Center (WRCC) is unparalleled in the industry. The WRCC specialists study weed resistance mechanisms and evolution in a field; test and develop new concepts and tools to manage resistant weeds; and communicate and share knowledge and solutions.

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WRCC Team

Our Mission: The Weed Resistance Competence Center provides the scientific foundation for understanding weed resistance and is the Bayer CropScience global reference center for weed resistance management. Find out more about the team.

How WRCC works

Unique diagnostics capabilities

At 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.

Practical recommendations

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.

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Nuggets of Weed Knowledge 8 – Why it pays off to bring down your weed seed bank

Check out our latest podcast starring your favorite host in weed resistance: Dr. Harry Strek along with Dr. Bodo Peters. In this episode, they explain why a low weed seed bank leads to a sustainable return on investment.
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Nuggets of Weed Knowledge 7 – Weed resistance evolution - One, two, boom!

Watch the 7th episode of our podcast series. This time the WRCC Scientific Director Harry Strek explains to you why often resistance evolves so quickly, that it seems to explode.
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Nuggets of Weed Knowledge 6 – Manage weeds sustainably - You can with a plan!

Watch the 6th episode of our podcast series. This time the WRCC Scientific Director Harry Strek explains how you could manage weeds sustainably - with a plan.
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Nuggets of Weed Knowledge 5 – What is Integrated Weed Management

Watch our podcast host and WRCC Scientific Director Harry Strek continuing to teach us about weeds in a brand-new season. And this time we have a surprise guest star!
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Nuggets of Weed Knowledge 4 – Why should you hit weeds early and hard?

In the 4th episode of our podcast series, the WRCC Scientific Director Harry Strek explains why you should manage weeds aggressively! Keep watching to find out more about best management practices.
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Nuggets of Weed Knowledge 3 - Why should you know what mode of action you´re using?

Listen to Harry, our WRCC Scientific Director, how he explains the importance of knowing which herbicidal mode of action you are using.
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Nuggets of Weed Knowledge 2 - Why is weed resistance spreading worldwide?

Learn more about why weed resistance is spreading so rapidly worldwide, in the second episode of our Weed Resistance Podcast with WRCC Scientific Director Harry Strek.
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Nuggets of Weed Knowledge 1 - Why do we need to control weeds?

Listen to the first podcast by Harry Strek, the WRCC Scientific Director, and learn the why we need to control weeds.
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Nuggets of Weed Knowledge!

Listen to the first podcast by Harry Strek, the WRCC Scientific Director, and learn the basics of weed resistance.
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"Hit 'em hard, hit 'em early"

Listen to Christophe Delhi from France. He talks about best management practices on weeds.
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How We Help Farmers?

See how Bayer’s WRCC is contributing to the global battle against herbicide-resistant weeds.

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.

WEED RESISTANCE COMPETENCE CENTER

WEED RESISTANCE COMPETENCE CENTER

As Bayer’s global reference center, the Weed Resistance Competence Center is developing proactive programs that, when implemented locally, promote the sustainability of weed control. The WRCC is located in Frankfurt, Germany

FARMING’S FUTURE

FARMING’S FUTURE

Breaking the cycle

Key strategy: knowledge exchange

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PUBLICATION

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