Scotts Miracle-Gro glyphosate-resistant GMO grass utilizes less fertilizers, grows twice as fast

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Scientists inside Scotts Miracle-Gro are developing a genetically modified version of . . . grass. If and when it actually hits the market, it will help gardeners grow ever greener lawns with less fertilizer and less maintenance.

. . . . Back in 1997 Scotts partnered with GMO giant Monsanto to create a Roundup-ready grass for golf courses. But Scotts botched an early seed-harvesting operation, allowing its lab grass to spread beyond a contained area . . . Despite extensive efforts to kill off all the escaped grass, new generations keep popping up . . . 12 years after the accident.

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. . . . But now Hagedorn and his team are leveraging unpatented gene research to create new kinds of turf. . . .Scotts is mechanically implanting genes . . . instead of using agrobacterium. That means Scotts scientists can now develop new grasses without going through the standard USDA regulatory process.

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The company’s new, unregulated GMO grass requires less fertilizer, grows at half the speed of standard turf and is resistant to the primary chemical agent in Roundup [glyphosate]. . . . Trials are already running today. Scotts hopes the new types of grass will hit the market within three years.

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