The Environmental Science business of Bayer, within the company’s Crop Science division, has announced appointments for several leadership positions. These changes will enhance focus on finding innovative solutions for the evolving needs of customers.

Axel Elling Ph.D., will lead the turf and ornamental product development team responsible for disease, nematode, insect, weed and turf stress management. Axel will remain responsible for disease and nematode management solutions, and will lead a team including Bruce Spesard, focused on weed management; Xulin Chen, focused on insect management; and Chenxi Zhang, focused on stress management.

Jake Doskocil, Ph.D., has been named global project leader of pest management and rodent control for environmental science. He most recently served as product development manager for insecticides and led the Clayton Development and Education Center for Environmental Science.

Nonggang Bao, Ph.D., has been named as head of the environmental science field solutions development and experience center in Clayton, N.C., biology team manager and will also be responsible for leading projects within the ES global specialty actives team.

Xulin Chen, Ph.D., joins the T&O Field Solutions team as product development manager for environmental science. She brings more than eight years of broad entomology expertise to the team.

“We are thrilled to welcome this change among top innovators within our organization,” said Richard Rees, Ph.D., head of ES field solutions in North America. “At Bayer, we’re dedicated to keeping strong leadership in customer-facing roles to provide the innovation and support our professional customers need.”