Monsanto Corn Rootworm Knowledge Research Program Announces Grants

      Monsanto Corn Rootworm Knowledge Research Program Announces Grants

Recipients will pursue research dedicated to finding solutions to help manage
corn rootworm

PR Newswire

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 25, 2013

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Monsanto Company has announced that
six recipients will be awarded research grants as part of the Corn Rootworm
Knowledge Research Program. The program was established to provide
merit-based awards of up to $250,000 per award per year for up to three years
for outstanding research projects that address specific aspects of corn
rootworm biology, genomics and management issues.

The CRW Knowledge Research Program is guided by a 10-person Advisory Committee
that is co-chaired by Dr. Steve Pueppke, Associate Vice President for Research
and Graduate Studies and AgBioResearch Director at Michigan State University,
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.

"This program focuses the efforts of our best public sector researchers from
across the United States on one of the most damaging pests of corn," said
Pueppke. "We hope the research helps provide effective and sustainable
solutions and management practices that help benefit corn producers," said

The six awards granted focus on a number of items from evaluating how best to
manage corn rootworm under current production practices to evaluating
strategies to delay the onset of resistance evolution. The award recipients

  oBryony Bonning, Iowa State University
  oAaron Gassmann, Iowa State University
  oBruce Hibbard, University of Missouri
  oMarce Lorenzen, North Carolina State University
  oKenneth Ostlie, University of Minnesota
  oBrigitte Tenhumberg, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

A listing of the winners and background on their projects is available on the
Monsanto Corn Rootworm Knowledge Program Web page.

"We were pleased with the wide range of proposals submitted which focus on
corn rootworm management and biology," said Post. "This is a challenging pest
and this program is part of our continuing effort to increase our
understanding of corn rootworm and to provide sustainable solutions for

For more information on the program and Monsanto's commitment to steward corn
rootworm-protected traits, visit

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