Insects can be helpful or harmful when growing plants. Whether you’re a farmer with 400 acres or a backyard gardener, you can appreciate the vital benefits provided by pollinators, and the challenges posed by destructive insects.

Our research pipeline is developing targeted methods for managing insects. For example, a product in early stage development uses a naturally-occurring process known as RNA interference (RNAi) to protect plants from harmful insects. Our goal is to provide farmers with tools needed to control insect damage and improve yield while protecting the biodiversity of life on, and around, the farm.

Our Projects

BioDirectTM Technology: Canola Flea Beetle*
Flea beetles are highly destructive and cause significant economic loss for canola farmers. BioDirectTM technology is being developed to provide a new means to control striped flea beetles without affecting beneficial insects.

Applicable Crops:   Canola and Oilseed rape

Technology: Ag Biologicals

BioDirectTM Technology: Colorado Potato Beetle Control* The Colorado potato beetle has developed resistance to multiple classes of insecticides. This project could provide a new mode of action to protect crops from this pest..

 

Applicable Crops: Potato

Technology: Ag Biologicals

The BioAg Alliance: BioNematicide for Soy* Soybean cyst nematodes are a damaging crop pest that can impact the production of our reliable and nutritious food supply. This microbial product has the potential to give producers additional tools for management of soybean cyst nematodes in soybeans.

Applicable Crops: Soy

Technology: Agbiologicals

Bollgard® 3 Cotton Bollgard® 3 builds on the success of its predecessors and is designed to provide cotton producers another tool to control lepidopteran pests, like bollworm and armyworm, that reduce yields. Field trials demonstrate enhanced, season-long protection that supports Monsanto’s commitment to sustainable insect resistance management.

 

Applicable Crops: Cotton

Technology: Plant Biotechnology

TreceptaTM Corn Insects can cause significant crop damage reducing the yields needed to meet the growing demand for food, feed and fuel. This next-generation product is designed to provide a high level of broad spectrum above-ground control of fall armyworm, corn earworm, corn borers and cutworms. Multiple modes of action provide the potential for reduced refuge acre requirements. 

Applicable Crops: Corn

Technology: Plant Biotechnology

Fourth-Generation Above-Ground Insect-Protected Corn* This product is being developed to offer novel modes of action to protect corn from the most damaging above-ground pests throughout the long tropical growing seasons within South America. This innovative product is being developed to deliver the most complete, and durable solution for controlling corn borers, armyworms, and earworms. 

Applicable Crops: Corn

Technology: Plant Biotechnology

Fourth-Generation Below-Ground Insect-Protected Corn* This next-generation corn technology is being developed to leverage the naturally occurring RNAi process to provide improved control of corn rootworm, a pest that has been dubbed the “billion-dollar-bug” because of the extreme damage it causes to corn plants. 

Applicable Crops: Corn

Technology: Plant Biotechnology

Fourth-Generation Bollgard® Cotton* This cotton product has the potential to offer season-long protection and increased durability against insects that can damage the cotton plant, causing losses to cotton farmers. It’s being designed to provide multiple modes of action against tobacco budworm, cotton bollworm, fall armyworm and pink bollworm.

Applicable Crops: Cotton

Technology: Plant Biotechnology

Second-Generation Insect-Protected Soybeans Second-generation insect-protected soybeans are designed to expand protection to additional insects, including armyworm and podworm, with the potential to reduce insecticide use. Multiple modes of action can improve performance and increase product durability. 

Applicable Crops: Soy

Technology: Plant Biotechnology

Third-Generation Insect-Protected Soybeans* Insect damage to soybeans can reduce the yields that enable farmers to meet the growing global demand. This project has the potential to provide durable protection against lepidopteran insects, with fewer insecticides. 

Applicable Crops: Soy

Technology: Plan Biotechnology

Lygus-Control Cotton* Damage from thrips, lygus and fleahopper bugs can result in slow early season growth and reduced yields. This product has the potential to be the first to extend the spectrum of insect control to all three pests, while potentially reducing insecticide use. 

Applicable Crops: Cotton

Technology: Plant Biotechnology

SmartStax® PRO Corn* Corn rootworms cause extreme damage to corn plants. SmartStax® PRO is designed for full-season control of below-ground insects and later-season larvae through three modes of action. It combines Genuity® SmartStax® corn rootworm protection with an additional plant-incorporated protectant that employs the naturally occurring RNAi process to control targeted pests.

Applicable Crops: Corn

Technology: Plant Biotechnology

Fifth-Generation Above-Ground Insect-Protected Corn*

This project under development aims to offer novel modes of action to protect corn against the broadest spectrum of above-ground pests, such as corn earworm and fall armyworm. Additional modes of action increase product durability. 

Applicable Crops: Corn

Technology: Plant Biotechnology

Second-Generation Soybean Cyst Nematode Resistance This project has the potential to offer improved plant health and additional protection against multiple races of soybean cyst nematodes, one of the most devastating soybean pests in the U.S.

Applicable Crops: Soy

Technology: Plant Breeding

Microbial BioControl Platform* The BioControl platform is being developed to use fungi, bacteria and other microorganisms to help protect plants against diseases or insects. This microbial platform has the potential to provide U.S. corn and soybean growers with another tool for controlling disease insects in their fields. 

Applicable Crops: Corn and Soy

Technology: Ag Biologicals


*Commercialization is dependent on multiple factors, including successful conclusion of the regulatory process. The information presented herein is provided for educational purposes only, and is not and shall not be construed as an offer to sell, or a recommendation to use any unregistered pesticide, including but not limited to (the product at issue), for any purpose whatsoever. It is a violation of federal law to provide or offer to sell an unregistered pesticide.