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Varghese Thomas

Bayer Crop Science

Principal Scientist, Crop Efficiency Discovery & Project Support Lead-Biologics


Bayer is a Life Science company with a more than 150-year history and core competencies in the areas of health care and agriculture.

The Crop Science Division is a world-leading agriculture enterprise with businesses in seeds, crop protection and nonagricultural pest control.

The Crop Science division aim is to help shape the future of the agricultural industry with innovative offerings that enable the production of sufficient high-quality food, animal feed and renewable raw materials for a growing world population despite the limited amount of available arable land.

Addressing some of the major challenges in modern agriculture requires fresh answers. A higher stress-tolerance of plants in face of increasing weather volatility will be as important as developing innovative solutions to control pests, plant diseases and weeds. As an innovation leader in our industry, our goal is to develop first- and best-in-class solutions in seeds as well as chemical and biological crop protection. Fostering an environment of collaboration across different disciplines, cultures and markets, we cooperate with external partners and recognize the importance of local knowledge, striving to combine it with our global expertise.

Bayer Crop Science and the Phytobiomes Alliance

“The microbiome is an essential component of the agricultural ecosystem, as omnipresent as water and air. Many microbes provide essential services in nourishing and protecting crops. New technological advances offer unprecedented opportunities to leverage the microbes in biological crop protection and yield advancement. The Phytobiomes Alliance provides an important platform to align and guide academic and private efforts in this emerging and complex field. Next to Seeds, Traits and Small Molecules, Bayer has a thriving Biologics Business and is pleased to contribute to the Alliance goals and vision.”

John Jacobs, Expert Scientist