More than 80 countries on six continents grow cotton, providing fiber for clothing, home furnishings and industrial products and food for animals and humans. The four largest cotton-producing countries, China, India, the United States and Pakistan, account for 75 percent of the world’s production. China, India and Pakistan, three of the most populous countries in the world, also are the largest consumers of cotton, accounting for 66 percent of total use (Source: USDA).
Monsanto’s cotton pipeline focuses on: protecting the plant from bugs, such as bollworm, armyworm and lygus, from attacking the plant, which impacts cotton production potential; providing an additional herbicide tolerance trait; and protecting the plant from a nematode, which chews on the early-developing cotton seedlings.
Below, hover over or touch the boxes, if you are on a mobile device, to learn more about the projects in Monsanto's cotton pipeline.