BASF and Evolve collaborate in agricultural research

Chemical company BASF, German university Ludwigshafen and Swiss synthetic-biology company Evolva Holding have signed an agreement for joint research on the design of novel and optimised biosynthesis routes for selected natural products with crop-protection potential.

Initially covering two projects, the collaboration is Evolva’s first in which its technology is applied to the agricultural sector.

BASF will pay Evolva an up-front technology-access fee and ongoing research fees.

It will also have responsibility to take forward compounds produced during the collaboration and will potentially pay Evolva research and development-milestone fees as well as royalties on products that result from the collaboration.