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Monsanto, Scotts Seek Approval for Golf Grass Gone Wild

  • Herbicide-tolerant bentgrass was developed for golf courses
  • Companies say they won't commercialize the modified grass
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Monsanto Co. and Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. are asking the U.S. to approve a type of golf-course grass that they’ve genetically engineered to tolerate a popular weedkiller. But don’t expect to ever see it growing on your favorite links.

The companies are asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to remove restrictions on creeping bentgrass that contains a gene allowing it to tolerate glyphosate, the active ingredient in St. Louis-based Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.