Congratulations CSIRO Cotton Breeding and Biotechnology Team


Monsanto are pleased to congratulate the CSIRO Cotton Breeding and Biotechnology Team, who yesterday were awarded the prestigious CSIRO Chairman’s Medal in recognition of outstanding breeding and deployment success.

In 2010/11 the cotton variety Sicot 71BRF, which was developed by the team, was over 80% of the cotton planted in notably Australia’s largest ever cotton crop.

“This is a fantastic achievement and well deserved recognition for the CSIRO Cotton Breeding and Biotechnology Team”. Monsanto Country Lead, Peter O’Keeffe said.

“Sicot 71BRF delivers both of our biotech traits, Bollgard® II and Roundup Ready Flex® in a desirable agronomic package combining high yield, good quality and high disease resistance, which growers are clearly taking advantage of, said O’Keeffe.

“Varietal development is a critical element in preserving the future of our industry, providing growers the necessary tools to achieve productivity gains on the farm.

“This recognition highlights the important role research and development plays in the cotton industry, and shows the CSIRO Cotton Breeding and biotechnology team are world leaders in their field , O’Keeffe said.

The cotton industry is a good case study for demonstrating how investment in research and development contribute to building a strong and innovative sector.


Media inquiries please contact: Keryn McLean, Corporate Affairs, 03 9522 7199

About Monsanto Company:
Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world’s natural resources such as water and energy. To learn more about our business and our commitments, please visit: 

Roundup Ready® is a registered trademark of trademark of Monsanto Technology LLC used under license by Beemart Enterprises.