Monsanto license Dow’s Enlist Weed Control System

Monsanto to license Dow’s Enlist Weed Control System

4:39 AM, 12th April 2013
Monsanto to license Dow’s Enlist Weed Control System

INDIANAPOLIS/ST LOUIS, US: Monsanto Company and Dow AgroSciences LLC, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, have reached new cross-licensing agreements for creation of the next generation of advanced weed and insect control technology in corn. Monsanto will license Dow AgroSciences’ new Enlist Weed Control System herbicide-tolerant trait for use in field corn.

Dow AgroSciences will license Monsanto’s third generation corn rootworm technology, Corn Rootworm III, which is presently under development by Monsanto and offers a new mode of action for rootworm control. The agreement paves the way for introduction (pending regulatory approvals) of next-generation products that build off the current SmartStax platform, which includes Dow’s Herculex and Monsanto’s insect resistance and herbicide-tolerance traits. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

These technologies are expected to be introduced in each company’s respective elite, proprietary germplasm and sold competitively by both companies as next-generation weed and insect control products. The agreements build on the competitive standard set by SmartStax for stacked-trait corn offerings in providing added value for farmers in their ongoing need to secure higher yields despite wide-ranging pressures from damaging pests. This creates the opportunity to bring together for the first time three different modes of action for below-ground insect control in a corn product.

“This agreement takes the outstanding value offered by SmartStax technology to a new level, allowing growers increased flexibility with highly effective new modes of action for weed and insect management. Adding advanced new traits to SmartStax, including our Enlist corn trait, delivers on our company’s business objective of providing better solutions for the growing world,” said Antonio Galindez, President and CEO, Dow AgroSciences.

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