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Dec 21, 2011

USDA Approves Monsanto's 1st Drought Tolerant (DT) GM Corn

On 21 December 2011, Monsanto issued a press release announcing that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had deregulated Monsanto's first-generation drought-tolerant (DT) trait for genetically modified (GM) corn (MON 87460).  On-farm trials will begin in 2012, which will give farmers the opportunity to test the new DT corn and provide Monsanto with data and feedback.

According to Monsanto, DT technology is "one of the important traits that must be developed in crops for them to withstand the effects of global warming."

This first DT corn (MON 87460) was produced in collaboration with BASF Plant Science.  In the future, Monsanto plans to combine this DT corn variety with insect protection (BT) and herbicide tolerance (HT), specifically using its Genuity® VT Triple PRO® and Genuity® VT Double PRO® technology.

For more see: USDA Deregulates Drought Tolerant Trait for Corn, Monsanto Press Release, 21 December 2011.

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