Monsanto Pledges Additional $3 Million for Corn Rootworm Research

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 3, 2013-- Monsanto Company has pledged
an additional $3 million to support academic research on corn
rootworm. With this funding, the Corn Rootworm (CRW) Knowledge
Research Program, which started in early 2013, extends the program to
2016.
The program provides merit-based awards of up to $250,000 per year
(for up to three years) for outstanding research projects that address
a number of corn rootworm-related topics, including the economics of
corn rootworm management, the development of predictive models, the
characterization of resistance, and the development of broad survey
methods.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has estimated that the damage
caused by corn rootworm, and the costs associated with controlling it,
typically total $1 billion annually - including approximately $800
million in yield loss and $200 million in treatment expenses.
"The extension of this program will further increase the intense
research efforts by our best public sector researchers on this
challenging and damaging pest," said program co-chair Dr. Steve
Pueppke, Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at
Michigan State University. "This research will ensure better
management practices that will be effective and sustainable for the
benefit of corn producers."
The CRW Knowledge Research Program is guided by a 10-person Advisory
Committee that is co-chaired by Dr. Pueppke and Dr. Dusty Post,
Monsanto's Global Insect Management Lead. Additional committee members
include experts from academia and agricultural organizations, and were
selected based on their expertise in corn rootworm biology and insect
management practices.
"By working collaboratively to increase our collective understanding
of corn rootworm biology and pest management, we can combat this
challenging pest, while providing economical, practical and
sustainable solutions for farmers," said Post.
Researchers may submit proposals in a number of CRW areas, including
the economics of managing CRW under current farming systems; the
development, refinement and validation of predictive models; the
characterization of CRW resistance to effective control methods; the
development of broad survey methods; and the development of
educational tools around corn rootworm management.
Applicants and other interested parties should visit
www.Monsanto.com/CRWknowledge for additional information, key dates
and instructions on how to apply.

© 2014 Rural Radio Network. All rights reserved. Republishing, rebroadcasting, rewriting, redistributing prohibited. Copyright Information