Leveraging Monsanto’s expertise in genomics, BioDirect technology uses molecules found in nature that we expect to develop for use in topically applied crop protection and other products. BioDirect technology may enable specific and effective products with a wide range of applications – including weed, insect and virus control.
Agricultural biologicals are used to complement or replace agricultural chemical products. Examples of agriculture biologicals include microbial pesticides, such as Bt sprays to control worms.
Monsanto is committed to supporting farmer and consumer demand for sustainable agricultural practices. BioDirect technology uses molecules found in nature. While we’re just beginning to explore this technology we have the potential to enable specific and effective products with a wide range of applications – including weed, insect and virus control. We believe this topical alternative could provide pest control products that would expand farmers’ choices.
The company currently has four BioDirect projects in its research and development pipeline:
- BioDirect Insect Control: Colorado Potato Beetle;(Phase 2)
- BioDirect Virus Control: Tospovirus Control (Phase 1)
- BioDirect Weed Control: Palmer Amaranth + Waterhemp (Phase 1)
- BioDirect: Bee Health (Phase 1)
Commercialization of Monsanto's pipeline products is dependent on many factors, including successful conclusion of the regulatory process.