BASF Plant Science GmbH engages in plant biotechnology. The company focuses on the optimization of crops for agriculture, renewable raw materials, and nutrition. Its projects include development of plants that can resist environmental factors, such as drought or disease; plants with a higher content of Omega-3 fatty acids for preventing cardiovascular diseases; plants with a higher nutritional value for animals; and potatoes with optimized starch composition for industrial use, as well as increasing yield in grain crops, such as corn, rice, and soybeans. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF Plant Science GmbH operates as a subsidiary of BASF SE.