Monsanto Corn Rootworm Knowledge Research Program Announces Grants

Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:00am EST

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

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 are:

* Bryony Bonning,  Iowa State University
* Aaron Gassmann,  Iowa State University
* Bruce Hibbard,  University of Missouri
* Marce Lorenzen,  North Carolina State University
* Kenneth Ostlie,  University of Minnesota
* Brigitte 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 farmers."

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

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