Our biotechnology canola pipeline seeks to simplify crop management and both increase and secure profitability for the Australian canola industry through herbicide tolerance and improved weed control.

Our strength is in the combination of our Technology and Development team in combination with our product pipeline. It means we’re able to identify technologies suited for the Australian market, make them available and provide growers and industry on stewardship and agronomic recommendations – to help growers get the most out of their canola crop.


   

Our product pipeline

Roundup Ready TruFlex

TruFlex Roundup Ready Canola is Monsanto’s newest trait introduction that will allow growers to maximise their crop’s yield potential through unmatched weed control, enhanced crop safety, and greater flexibility to manage weeds.

PRODUCT CONCEPT

Many weeds including the key weeds Annual Ryegrass and Wild Radish can germinate multiple times and the subsequent germinations can occur outside the current window of application of Roundup Ready Herbicide with PLANTSHIELD by Monsanto. TruFlex Roundup Ready canola is a second-generation weed control product offering growers greater flexibility through an extended application window up to first flower and an opportunity to apply Roundup Ready Herbicide with PLANTSHIELD by Monsanto at higher rates for enhanced weed control.

CURRENT RESEARCH

Monsanto received approval from the Office of Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) to trial TruFlex Roundup Ready over four years, from March 2011 to December 2014. The purpose of the trials are to evaluate the agronomic performance and herbicide tolerance, of TruFlex Roundup Ready canola in the field.

In 2012, the following trials were conducted:

  • Agronomic/phenotypic characteristics of TruFlex Roundup Ready canola (eight trials)
  • Crop safety of TruFlex Roundup Ready canola to Roundup Ready Herbicide with PLANTSHIELD by Monsanto (three trials)
  • Generating glyphosate residue data for Roundup Ready Herbicide with PLANTSHIELD by Monsanto label extension (eight trials).

In 2013, the following trials were conducted:

  • Agronomic/phenotypic characteristics of TruFlex Roundup Ready canola (two trials)
  • Crop safety of TruFlex Roundup Ready canola to Roundup Ready Herbicide with PLANTSHIELD by Monsanto (two trials)
  • Comparing weed control performance of TruFlex Roundup Ready canola to Roundup Ready, Triazine Tolerant and Clearfield canola (eight trials)

In 2014, the research focuses on:

  • Further trait integration work by the seed company licensees
  • Initial TruFlex Roundup Ready canola varietal performance field trials

LAUNCH TIME FRAMES

Monsanto intend to apply for an intentional release licence for TruFlex in October 2013. The Regulatory process can take up to 255 days.


Related Resources:

Canola Pipeline Flyer

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Our expertise

Our canola Technology Development team consists of:

Matthew Hayes – Glyphosate and Canola Technical Specialist

After completing a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at the University of Melbourne in 2000, Matthew spent two years with GrainCorp as an agronomist and grain trader in central west New South Wales, focusing on broadacre cropping systems.

While working with Agrisearch, Matthew conducted agricultural chemical trial research as part of new registration submissions, label extensions and minor use permits, for major private crop protection companies and industry groups. This work was conducted in a wide range of crops and pests, weeds and diseases, with a focus on broadacre herbicides.

Matthew joined Monsanto in 2012 as the Glyphosate and Canola Technical Specialist. His role involves:

    • OGTR/APVMA submissions for TruFlex – collecting and interpreting data and working with the US. Crop safety, performance of TruFlex in comparison with other herbicide tolerant canola, managing a number of trial sites across the country
    • Glyphosate – glyphosate resistance management – promoting WeedSmart and to promote IWM practices among grain growers to reduce the risk of glyphosate resistance development.
    • Review and establish protocols and reports on home and garden and agricultural use of Roundup herbicides for APVMA submissions and label extensions.

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Our Expertise