Bayer CropScience LP has started construction work on its new $17 million research and development (R&D) facility in Memphis, Tennessee.
Located at Agricenter International in Memphis, the 40,000 square feet greenhouse will feature 40,000 square feet of growing space as well as a spacious headhouse and open office area. The facility is scheduled for completion in early 2014.
The new R&D facility is part of the greater Bayer CropScience's commitment to invest €7 billion ($9.15 billion) in R&D as well as an expansion of production capacities and seed processing facilities globally between 2011 and 2016.
The greenhouse will have a reduced footprint, which means less materials and an approximate 40% reduction annually in natural gas and electricity consumption. Additionally, the facility will include hands-free plumbing fixtures and high efficiency lights with longer lasting ballasts.
According to Bayer CropScience, the Memphis site supports all of its cotton brands, including Stoneville and FiberMax. All cotton trait introgression work for North America is done in Memphis, which also provides trait introgression support for Bayer CropScience cotton seed business development in South America.