Monsanto Announces New Insect Management Knowledge Program Grants

first_img By Andy Eubank – May 11, 2015 Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 All quotes are delayed snapshots Facebook Twitter Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 Home Indiana Agriculture News Monsanto Announces New Insect Management Knowledge Program Grants Previous articleUSDA Announces Funding on 80th Anniversary of Rural ElectrificationNext articleOver Half of Indiana Corn Planted and Growing Fast Andy Eubank RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 Facebook Twitter Name Sym Last Change Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program Monsanto Announces New Insect Management Knowledge Program Grants Minor Changes in June WASDE Report SHARE Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States Monsanto Company has announced that six recipients will be awarded research grants as part of the Insect Management Knowledge Program (IMKP). The program, which started in early 2013 as the Corn Rootworm Knowledge Program, provides merit-based awards of up to $250,000 per award per year for up to three years for outstanding research that will not only enhance the collective understanding of insect management, but help address significant challenges and issues in agriculture.“The valuable research that is being generated through this program will provide industry and academia further opportunity to enhance our collective understanding of insect management, leading to even more effective solutions for farmers in the future,” said Dr. Sherri Brown, vice president of science strategy for Monsanto and co-chair of the program.The IMKP is guided by a 10-person Advisory Committee that is co-chaired by Dr. Brown, and Dr. Steven Pueppke, associate vice president of research and graduate studies for Michigan State University. The committee consists of academics and growers, and provides guidance on integrated pest management, as well as recommendations for areas of basic research on insect resistance and management that would be of interest to growers, the academic community and Monsanto. Earlier this year, the program expanded its focus to include insects that are economically damaging to any U.S. row crop.“This IMKP grant will allow us to move our laboratory-based studies of the molecular mechanisms of gene silencing in insects into an actual field testing setting, which I couldn’t do with more traditional biomedical research funding agencies,” said Dr. Philip Zamore, professor of biochemistry and molecular pharmacology, and co-director of the RNA Theraputics Institute at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.The six awards granted focus on a number of items from addressing the management of insect threats such as whitefly, soybean aphid, and corn earworm resistance to creating a new model for determining how key risk factors affect the development of insect resistance in transgenic Bt corn. The award recipients are:Peter Ellsworth, University of ArizonaFelicia Wu, Michigan State UniversityJeff Gore, Mississippi State UniversityMatthew O’Neal, Iowa State UniversityTom Coudron, USDA-ARSPhilip Zamore, University of Massachusetts“I am very appreciative that the Insect Management Knowledge Program is providing a grant for our team to model how the most devastating pest of U.S. corn, the corn rootworm, develops resistance to insect control products, and how management practices can help combat this problem,” said Felicia Wu, university distinguished professor at Michigan State University.A listing of the winners and background on their projects is available on the Monsanto Insect Management Knowledge Program webpage. SHARE STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribelast_img read more