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R&D Layoffs at Dow and DuPont Make Room for Agile New Competitors

Posted on May 5th, 2017 by in Chemical R&D

Two of the world’s largest chemical companies have significantly reduced their R&D staff and budgets. Former rivals Dow Chemical and DuPont announced their $130 billion merger in July 2016 – heralding massive layoffs for both parties. Continue reading “R&D Layoffs at Dow and DuPont Make Room for Agile New Competitors” »

Can old herbicides save glyphosate?

Posted on May 2nd, 2017 by in Chemical R&D



An epidemic of glyphosate-resistant weeds is ending the revolutionary impact of glyphosate in glyphosate-tolerant crops. Can using glyphosate with new formulations of herbicides over a half-century old save it? Continue reading “Can old herbicides save glyphosate?” »

Future Resource Wars: Water!

Posted on November 8th, 2016 by in New Materials & Applications

War over water

Source: Newsweek

On November 5, 1913, the first section of Los Angeles Aqueduct began diverting water from the Owens River to the City over a distance of 233 miles. Consequently, agriculture in Owens Valley was damaged to the point of becoming untenable in the 1920’s fueling controversy that continues to the present day.

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Addressing an emerging megatrend: Feeding a changing world

Posted on July 21st, 2016 by in Chemical R&D

Analyzing the impact of various megatrends on the future development of the chemical industry is becoming an important strategic tool. What are megatrends? Continue reading “Addressing an emerging megatrend: Feeding a changing world” »