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New Insect Protection Technology From Monsanto Company Deregulated by USDA
Date:7/24/2008

Second Generation Corn Borer Technology Offers Greater Control of Common Pests and Provides Reduced Refuge Opportunity for Southern U.S. Growers

ST. LOUIS, July 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has deregulated MON 89034, a new insect protection technology from Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON). Commercially, this new above ground insect control technology will be stacked with our leading below ground and Roundup Ready technologies to be sold as YieldGard VT Triple PRO(TM).

Pending appropriate import approvals, YieldGard VT Triple PRO is expected to be commercially available to U.S. farmers for planting in 2009.

The dual Bt protein technology in MON 89034 is also slated for use in SmartStax, a new corn platform developed by Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences with targeted availability to farmers in 2010. SmartStax will provide industry-leading protection from weeds and insects by bringing together the most comprehensive package of in-plant protection in one seed.

The YieldGard family of technologies uses a naturally-occurring bacteria found in the soil known as Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) to provide in-plant protection from the yield-robbing insects that feed on the corn plant. When improved through biotechnology, the corn plant produces the Bt protein(s) which, when eaten by insects feeding on the plant, is lethal to these specific insects.

YieldGard VT Triple PRO represents a step-change in Bt technology for insect protection in corn. It is the first technology to produce two different Bt proteins to protect the corn plant from common above-ground insects that feed on the plant, such as European corn borer, corn earworm, and fall armyworm while also providing the exis
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