2-Plants: EPA lifts restrictions in resistance management for Bt-maize
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EPA Grants Approval to Increase Monsanto's YieldGard Corn Acres in South
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/
Corn growers, who had been severely restricted in the amount of YieldGard
(MON-810) insect- protected corn they could plant in cotton-producing
regions of the South, are now able to plant up to 50 percent of their
acres with these improved hybrids that protect the corn plant against
European corn borer, Southwestern corn borer, and other insects. Monsanto
Co. received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to
increase the amount of YieldGard insect-protected corn that can be grown
in cotton producing regions of the South.
"We are pleased that the EPA was responsive to our petition and the data
we submitted," said Eric Sachs, YieldGard business director for Monsanto.
"Growers in the South have told us they have been extremely frustrated
that they have not been given full access to this environmentally
responsible technology that will allow them to increase their corn
yields. We will continue working to get them more access in 1999."
Sachs said he is optimistic that the EPA will continue to review data
submitted by Monsanto and further lift restrictions in the northern
corn-cotton growing regions so that growers can benefit more fully from
YieldGard's protection. The EPA had significant input from grower
organizations, as well as congressional delegates during their
consideration of lifting the limitations on this valuable technology.
Also, Monsanto will continue to participate fully in the Insect
Resistance Management coalition which consists of Bt corn registrants.
This effort is being promoted by the National Corn Growers Association in
an effort to introduce an industry wide refuge plan for the year 2000.
YieldGard and other insect-protected corn brands had been restricted in
the South because of concern that a species of insect could develop
resistance to the protective gene in the corn. The corn contains a gene
from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which protects corn from specific
pests, including corn earworm and Fall armyworm. The corn earworm is the
same species as the cotton bollworm, a major pest of cotton. In a typical
year of corn borer pressure, YieldGard hybrids produce about 7 percent
more corn per acre than ordinary corn.
As a life sciences company, Monsanto is committed to finding solutions to
the growing global needs for food and health by sharing common forms of
science and technology among agriculture, nutrition and health. The
company's 30,000 employees worldwide make and market high-value
agricultural products, pharmaceuticals and food ingredients.
YieldGarde(R) is a registered trademark of Monsanto Company.
SOURCE Monsanto Company (Copyright 1999)
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