Bayer scraps US plans to produce crop chemical blocked by court

Channelnewsasia | June 17, 2020

Bayer said on Tuesday (Jun 16) it will scrap a nearly US$1 billion project to produce the chemical dicamba in the United States, but said the move is unrelated to a federal court decision that blocked sales of weed killers based on the product. The German-based company is moving to save cash as it wages an expensive legal battle to fight allegations that another product, its glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup, causes cancer. Bayer denies the claims. The company said it is halting work on a new dicamba plant in Luling, Louisiana, because global overcapacity for producing the chemical made the investment less attractive. Instead, Bayer will continue to buy dicamba and produce its XtendiMax herbicide at another plant in Iowa, according to a statement. "Stopping construction enables us to preserve cash and prioritize our investments in new innovation for farmers," Bayer said.

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Organic molecules can form long or branched chains and rings and have other attached atoms. There is essentially an unlimited number of possible organic molecules. About 20+ million organic molecules have been identified and studied to date. Part of the complexity of organic molecules comes from the great diversity of structures possible even with the same molecular formula. Some of this diversity is illustrated below with various isomers of alcohols (OH group).

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Organic molecules can form long or branched chains and rings and have other attached atoms. There is essentially an unlimited number of possible organic molecules. About 20+ million organic molecules have been identified and studied to date. Part of the complexity of organic molecules comes from the great diversity of structures possible even with the same molecular formula. Some of this diversity is illustrated below with various isomers of alcohols (OH group).

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