Monsanto offers annual pipeline update
Monsanto has a pipeline of biotechnology projects in development, including next-generation insect control and herbicide tolerance agronomic trait projects as well as yield and stress work in collaboration with BASF Plant Science. This year’s nine biotechnology advancements include the launch of Intacta RR2 PRO soybeans and next-generation products like SmartStax PRO corn (formally Corn Rootworm III), Second-Generation Intacta RR2 PRO soybeans, Third-Generation Herbicide Tolerant soybeans and Bollgard III cotton.
In addition to annual germplasm improvements, this year’s breeding pipeline advanced seven projects within the industry’s most-advanced disease resistance breeding program. Project highlights include enhanced resistance to Anthracnose Stalk Rot and Gray Leaf Spot in corn and Soybean Cyst Nematode, as well as Phytophthora Resistant Peppers, Bacterial Wilt Resistant Tomatoes and Downy Mildew Resistant Lettuce.
Five products within Monsanto’s agricultural biologicals platform are advancing as researchers carry on their work to increase crop health and productivity. Monsanto and the farmer customers it serves share a need to continuously meet the world’s growing demand in a sustainable way. Investing in the research and development of agricultural biological technologies is another step in that direction. Highlighted advancement in this platform include BioDirect Tospovirus Control, BioDirect Colorado Potato Beetle and BioDirect Bee Health, as well as the addition of Microbials Yield and Microbials Plant Health to the pipeline’s discovery phase.
Integrated Farming Systems Platform
Monsanto featured eight advancements in its Integrated Farming Systems platform which is dedicated to helping farmers get more from every acre by integrating expertise in seed science, field science, data analysis and precision equipment to develop solutions optimized for the conditions of a farmer’s field. Advancing products include Variable Rate Soy FieldScripts, Multi-Hybrid Corn FieldScripts and Weather-Enhanced FieldScripts as well as the launch of FieldScripts in corn.
Monsanto also highlighted the launch of The Climate Corporation’s Climate Pro, a revolutionary web and mobile service that increases a farmer’s profitability through customized field recommendations that maximize yield and minimize costs.
For more information on Monsanto’s complete research and development pipeline, including a list of all 29 projects that advanced phases this year, visit www.monsanto.com/pipeline.
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