Detasseling Of Corn To Become Obsolete

US - What is left of a longstanding Corn Belt rite - detasseling - may end for good when Monsanto brings to market what it calls its "Roundup Hybridisation System" (RHS) for corn.
calendar icon 11 January 2010
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The Roundup Hybridisation System for corn would replace detasseling in hybrid seed corn production, thus reducing cost of goods. RHS, which moved to Phase 3, utilises a transgenic corn trait created by Monsanto that exhibits high tolerance to glyphosate in all tissues except male reproductive tissues.

Carefully researched glyphosate application rates and timings will maximise glyphosate delivery to the developing male reproductive tissues, selectively inducing male sterility and eliminating the need for manual or mechanical detasseling.

Monsanto said this new anti-male fertility technology is two to four years from commercial use.

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