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Nov 3, 2010

BASF & Monsanto - Progress on Dicamba HT formulas for GE Soybeans & GE Cotton

On 3 November 2010, BASF issued a press release announcing that together with Monsanto, it had made significant progress on the next-generation dicamba-based weed control systems for soybeans and cotton.   The goal is to bring this new gene-modification (GM) technology to market by the end of this decade.

Like the current HT (herbicide-tolerant) technology, dicamba-based weed control will provide "another tool for weed management. Both BASF and Monsanto are working together to field test dicamba-based formulas with Monsanto's soybean technology."  When it is commercialized, it will be stacked with the high yielding Genuity® Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybean trait.

According to Markus Heldt, President of BASF’s Crop Protection division, “the dicamba tolerant system is designed give growers pre- and post emergence application flexibility, allowing them to better manage their resources and thus improving productivity."

For more see: "BASF and Monsanto announce progress in Dicamba formulations," BASF Press Release,  Ludwigshafen, Germany and St. Louis-BASF, 3 November 2010.

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