Dow, Monsanto Cross-License Corn Trait Tech

Dow, Monsanto Cross-License Corn Trait Tech

Agreements enable next-generation SmartStax corn with access to Enlist herbicide-tolerant corn trait

Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences Thursday announced both companies have reached new cross-licensing agreements for weed control in corn; Monsanto will license Dow AgroSciences' Enlist Weed Control System herbicide-tolerant trait for use in field corn while Dow AgroSciences will license Monsanto's Corn Rootworm III.

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.

Agreements enable next-generation SmartStax corn with access to Enlist herbicide-tolerant corn trait

These technologies are expected to be introduced in each company's respective 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.

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 system that combines traits providing tolerance to 2,4-D and FOPs, novel herbicides and stewardship, offering two modes of action for weed control. Monsanto is the first licensee of the Enlist trait in corn.

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 decade.

•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 technology. 

•Both parties will retain the right to independently stack additional trait technologies.

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