Dow AgroSciences, Monsanto Cross-License Advanced Corn Trait Technology,
Designed to Provide Exceptional New Tools for Weed and Insect Management
Agreements enable next-generation SmartStax^® corn with additional insect
protection and access to Enlist™ herbicide-tolerant corn trait
INDIANAPOLIS & ST. LOUIS -- April 11, 2013
Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) and Dow AgroSciences LLC, a subsidiary of The Dow
Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), have reached new cross-licensing agreements for
creation of the next generation of advanced weed and insect control technology
in corn. Monsanto will license Dow AgroSciences’ new Enlist™ Weed Control
System herbicide-tolerant trait for use in field corn. Dow AgroSciences will
license Monsanto’s third generation corn rootworm technology, Corn Rootworm
III, which is presently under development by Monsanto and offers a new mode of
action for rootworm control. The agreement paves the way for introduction
(pending regulatory approvals) of next-generation products that build off the
current SmartStax® platform, which includes Dow’s Herculex® and Monsanto’s
insect resistance and herbicide-tolerance traits. Financial terms of the
agreement were not disclosed.
These technologies are expected to be introduced in each company’s respective
elite, proprietary germplasm and sold competitively by both companies as
next-generation weed and insect control products. The agreements build on the
competitive standard set by SmartStax®* for stacked-trait corn offerings in
providing added value for farmers in their ongoing need to secure higher
yields despite wide-ranging pressures from damaging pests. This creates the
opportunity to bring together for the first time three different modes of
action for below-ground insect control in a corn product.
Stacked trait products are particularly valuable for combating pest resistance
and preserving trait durability. Weed resistance is also a challenge facing
agriculture, and Enlist is a next-generation system that combines innovative
traits providing tolerance to 2,4-D and FOPs, novel herbicides and
stewardship, offering two modes of action for weed control to deliver
performance that farmers need now. Monsanto is the first licensee of the
Enlist trait in corn.
“This agreement takes the outstanding value offered by SmartStax technology to
a new level, allowing growers increased flexibility with highly effective new
modes of action for weed and insect management,” said Antonio Galindez, Dow
AgroSciences president and CEO. “Adding advanced new traits to SmartStax –
including our Enlist corn trait – delivers on our company’s business objective
of providing better solutions for the growing world.”
“This agreement builds on the success we had with the original SmartStax
agreement, showing that as both companies innovate, we’ll continue to bring
the best products to farmers,” said Brett Begemann, Monsanto’s president and
chief commercial officer. “We continue to look for additional modes of action
that offer benefit to our farmer customers and complement our existing
offerings while ensuring the sustainability and durability of the Roundup
Ready® system. Dow’s Enlist trait is an excellent addition, specifically in
its FOPs tolerance offering. We’re also pleased this paves the way to make
Monsanto’s Corn Rootworm III trait available in SmartStax in the future as
well as in Dow’s corn products.”
Under the agreements:
*Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences will license to each other, under
royalty-bearing agreements, traits for weed control as well as insect
protection in corn. Specifically:
*Dow AgroSciences will license to Monsanto its proprietary Enlist corn
herbicide-tolerant trait on a non-exclusive basis.
*Monsanto will license to Dow its third generation corn rootworm
technology, Corn Rootworm III, on a non-exclusive basis.
*The agreement paves the way for U.S. introduction (pending regulatory
approvals) of new, next-generation SmartStax products by the end of the
*Monsanto will represent both parties for joint third-party licensing of
the next-generation SmartStax corn to third-party seed companies through
its Corn States business, allowing farmers access to cutting edge
technology in the brands they prefer.
*Dow AgroSciences will out-license the rights to the Enlist trait
*Both parties will retain the right to independently stack additional trait
* As currently sold, SmartStax corn includes Dow AgroSciences’ above- and
below-ground insect resistance traits, Herculex® I and Herculex® RW, and
glufosinate herbicide tolerance trait; Bayer Crop Sciences’ Liberty Link®; and
Monsanto’s above- and below-ground insect resistance traits YieldGard VT
Rootworm/RR2® and YieldGard VT PRO™ as well as Monsanto’s Roundup Ready®
glyphosate tolerance trait.
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crop protection and plant biotechnology solutions to meet the challenges of
the growing world. Dow AgroSciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow
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innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry
and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of
the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water,
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the Enlist™ herbicide solution and crops containing Enlist herbicide tolerance
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