January 27, 2022

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BASF e Enza Zaden cooperam para acelerar a inovação e desenvolvimento de novas variedades de vegetais

A BASF´s vegetable seeds business e a Enza Zaden se uniram para firmar um acordo de licença cruzada para características patenteadas em frutas e hortaliças. O combinado visa aumentar o poder de inovação de ambas as empresas e acelerar o desenvolvimento de novas variedades de sementes de vegetais. A aliança entre as empresas regulamenta a garantia de acesso às patentes, abrangendo material biológico para melhoramento genético e comercialização de frutas e hortaliças.

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Enza Zaden and BASF cooperate to increase innovation power
Cross license agreement to speed up the development of improved vegetable varieties

Enkhuizen/Nunhem, The Netherlands, January 25, 2022 -Enza Zaden and BASF’s vegetables seeds business have entered into a cross-license agreement for patented traits in vegetables. This agreement will increase the innovative power of both companies and speed up the development of new vegetable seeds varieties. The agreement regulates the guaranteed access to patents, covering biological material for vegetable breeding and commercialization.

Jaap Mazereeuw, CEO of Enza Zaden: “Protection of inventions, for example by patents, is an incentive for continuous investment in research & development. At the same time, we strongly believe in the added value of sharing access to genetics with other vegetable breeding companies. It helps us and our partners to develop the solutions of tomorrow for the global food supply. At the end of the day, growers and end consumers will benefit from improved vegetable varieties with important traits such as resistance against diseases, flavor, taste and nutrition.”

“Joining forces with Enza Zaden perfectly fits into our business purpose of making healthy eating enjoyable and sustainable for people, our partners and our planet,” says Vicente Navarro, Senior Vice President of BASF's vegetable seeds business. “I am convinced that in some years from now thanks to this cooperation we will see more innovative and improved vegetable varieties entering the market.”

Joint News Release 

Enza Zaden and BASF cooperate to increase innovation power 
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Both companies have entered this individual collaboration in addition to their active member roles in the International Licensing Platform Vegetable ( under which they are committed to granting licenses to any fellow members in respect of all our vegetable trait-patents. The ILP establishes a limited breeder’s exemption for all members to breed with varieties protected by patents and the ILP is open to all seed companies willing to participate.


About Enza Zaden

Enza Zaden is an internationally leading vegetable-breeding company. The independent family business develops new varieties of more than 30 international and local vegetable crops all over the world. Among those crops are lettuce, tomatoes, sweet peppers, cucumber, radish and onion. The seeds of these vegetable varieties are produced and sold all over the world. By way of illustration: on a daily basis, 460 million people worldwide eat vegetables grown from Enza Zaden seeds. The vegetable-breeding company invests large sums of money – more than a quarter of its annual turnover - in research and development. And that pays off in the form of a constant flow of innovations on the global market.


About BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division 
With a rapidly growing population, the world is increasingly dependent on our ability to develop and maintain sustainable agriculture and healthy environments. Working with farmers, agricultural professionals, pest management experts and others, it is our role to help make this possible. That’s why we invest in a strong R&D pipeline and broad portfolio, including seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming. With expert teams in the lab, field, office and in production, we connect innovative thinking and down-to-earth action to create real world ideas that work – for farmers, society and the planet. In 2020, our division generated sales of €7.7 billion. For more information, please visit or any of our social media channels.


About BASF 

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with  

 environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 110,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €59 billion in 2020. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at 



Media Contacts:

Global Communications
Enza Zaden
Marco Zantingh
Phone: +31655005558

 Global Communications
 BASF’s vegetable seeds business
 Úlia de Domènech
 Phone: +31614608815


Last UpdateJanuary 27, 2022