New Rootworm Trait Advances
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Mon Jun 1, 2015 03:28 PM CDT

ST. LOUIS (DTN) -- A novel rootworm control trait from Monsanto, which uses RNA-interference technology, took a public step toward commercialization when the USDA posted its preliminary risk assessments for comment on June 1.

The risk assessments, conducted by the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recommended deregulation of the trait, after finding it "is unlikely to pose a plant pest risk." APHIS's assessments will be open for public comment for 30 days, until July 1.

Jeff Neu, Monsanto's corn media communications manager, said that final commercialization of the new trait remains years away. "We're still looking at ...

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