Monsanto launches SmartStax RIB in US
Monsanto is launching its “refuge-in-a-bag” version of genetically modified insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant SmartStax maize in the US this season. Each bag of Genuity SmartStax RIB Complete comprises 95% Bt maize and 5% non- Bt maize refuge seed. It is aimed at areas of the Corn Belt with high pest pressure from corn rootworms ( Diabrotica spp). The company made a limited introduction of the product last year following approval by the EPA ( Agrow No 614, p 23). Monsanto recommends planting Genuity VT Triple Pro maize in areas of moderate rootworm pressure.