Monsanto highlights progress in research efforts
Drought-Tolerant Cotton (Advanced to Phase 2) – In Collaboration with BASF
The drought-tolerant cotton trait is designed to deliver improved water use in cotton by providing yield stability in environments experiencing occasional or consistent water stress. The trait also has the potential to reduce water needs on irrigated acres. This is the first generation project in a family of drought-tolerant traits for cotton.
Phytophthora-Resistant Peppers (Advanced to Phase 3)
Field evaluations are demonstrating significant increase in Phytophthora blight resistance. Elite commercial pepper hybrids with high resistance to Phytophthora blight would enable farmers to increase productivity, simplify management and potentially reduce fungicide applications.
Downy Mildew-Resistant Cucumbers (Launching)
New downy mildew-resistant lines have shown potential for a distinct yield advantage while greatly reducing both the number and cost associated with the fungicidal sprays growers currently use to control the disease.
Beneforté® Broccoli (Launching)
Beneforté naturally contains two to three times the phytonutrient glucoraphanin compared with other leading broccoli varieties produced under similar growing conditions, boosting the body’s antioxidant enzyme levels at least two times more than other broccoli.
Chemistry and Agronomic Systems
Dicamba+Roundup Premix Formulation (Advanced to Phase 3)
Monsanto collaborates with BASF’s Crop Protection division to develop improved dicamba formulations. The dicamba+Roundup premix formulation has advanced to phase three, with expanded field trials to begin in 2012 pending EPA approval. Dicamba is an economical and effective herbicide that provides excellent control for a wide range of broadleaf weeds.
Nematicide Chemistry (Advanced to Phase 2)
Monsanto’s new nematicide chemistry would provide farmers with an additional tool to control pressure against multiple nematode species, one of the largest unsolved pest problems in agriculture.
Integrated Farming Systems I (Advanced to Phase 4)
Monsanto’s Integrated Farming Systems on-farm systems recommendations would unlock proven yield benefits and help farmers recognize maximum potential economic yield from their crops. Recommendations would be delivered through tools that complement and integrate with other precision agriculture technology to help farmers easily manage Monsanto’s products and recommendations across their operations. The Integrated Farming Systems I project, which would tie hybrid recommendations to soil and environment based yield potential enabling variable-rate planting to help drive potential yields further, advanced to the final phase before commercialization.
- A video highlighting Monsanto’s approach to driving yields is available at www.monsanto.com/pipeline.