Monsanto Australia managing director Tony May said the rate of adoption of Bollgard 3 was the fastest for a new GM cotton trait seen anywhere in the world.
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Bollgard 3 incorporates three Bt proteins to kill Helicoverpa spp. larvae, which attack cotton plants, In addition to the Cry1Ac and Cry2Ab proteins found in Bollgard 2, Bollgard 3 contains a third protein, Vip3A.
Mr May said changes to the Resistance Management Plan (RMP) for Bollgard 3 make it easier to grow cotton, with added flexibility through reduced refuge and pupae busting requirements along with less restrictive planting windows.
“Aussie cotton farmers first planted GM cotton 20 years ago. Since then, we have invested heavily in local research and development partnerships to bring five different products in seven different combinations to the Australian market,” Mr May said.
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