Monsanto and MIT Researchers Collaborate to Develop Ag Biologicals

Monsanto and two researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have established Preceres LLC to develop highly specific biological controls for damaging insect and weed pests.

Under the terms of the agreement, Preceres LLC will have access to technology licensed from MIT to develop delivery agents to support the development of innovative biological solutions for agriculture. The combined use of Preceres’ novel delivery discovery assets with Monsanto’s BioDirect technology has the potential to provide new biological options for sustainable pest, virus and weed control.

“The technology from MIT is centered on developing new materials for medicine,” said Dr. Daniel Anderson, associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Institute of Medical Engineering and Science at MIT. “Working with Monsanto gives Preceres a unique opportunity to showcase methods developed to allow rapid synthesis, formulation, analysis and biological testing of large libraries of biomaterials for use in medical devices, cell therapy and drug delivery and apply them in a global agricultural context.

“Through this work we hope to demonstrate the broad applicability of our platform and the ability to apply our scientific discoveries to a critically important area of research.”

Anderson and Dr. Arturo Vegas, research associate at MIT, partnered with Monsanto to form Preceres.

“Part of our commitment to bringing new technologies to agriculture is also recognizing other innovators we can work with to deliver solutions for our farmer customers,” said Steve Padgette, Monsanto R&D investment strategy lead. “That’s why we look forward to working with this new collaboration, which will complement our own research capabilities.

“We have the potential to co-create products that are very precise and specific in how they work, which is consistent with our vision to create products that enable our customers to produce more in an environmentally sustainable way.”

Source – Monsanto

Leave a Reply

Crop Inputs Stories
Young Cotton Plant
Insect Control

New Webcast Addresses Thrips Management Strategies

May 3, 2016

A new webcast focusing on thrips management strategies for the Southeast has been added to the Focus on Cotton online series from the Plant Management Network and Cotton Incorporated.

Crop Inputs

Pest Management Help on the Horizon

April 6, 2016

Weed and insect challenges in cotton may never change. But several new technologies are showing promise for the fights ahead.

Young Cotton Plant
Insect Control

AgriLife Extension Scout School Set for April 5

March 24, 2016

The Texas Panhandle Scout School, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will be held April 5 in Amarillo.

Crop Inputs

Dates Set for 2016 Mississippi Scout Schools

March 21, 2016

Mississippi State University has announced the dates and agenda for five scout schools, all to be held in April.

Cotton Sprayer
Crop Inputs

Lorenz: Scrutinize All Input Choices

March 15, 2016

In a recent web post, Dr. Gus Lorenz, University of Arkansas Extension entomologist, urges growers to be cautious of unsubstantiated product claims, especially during tough financial times.

Young Cotton Plant
Seed Varieties

Variety Maturity Guide Available from MS State

March 8, 2016

A new guide to variety maturity that shows where popular cotton varieties fall on a maturity timeline is now available online from Mississippi State University.

Crop Inputs

11 Considerations for Using Poultry Litter in Cotton

March 4, 2016

Poultry litter can provide an alternative nutrient source for cotton. But growers need to keep several things in mind when thinking about adding litter to their production program.

Around The Gin
Product News

Meister Media Worldwide Website Relaunches With New Resources

April 22, 2016

Meister Media Worldwide — publisher of Cotton Grower magazine – has relaunched its corporate website, highlighting information and services available from one of agriculture’s leading media companies.

Product News

ReinCloud Promises Remote Control

April 18, 2016

New software set to combine irrigation management and data collection – all in the palm of your hand.

Product News

Search Begins for Deltapine Class of 17

April 14, 2016

Deltapine’s NPE program is nine years old, and the search for the company’s Class of 17 cotton varieties is underway.

Product News

Texas Farmer First to Plant Enlist Cotton Variety

April 11, 2016

Dean Hansen of El Campo, TX, was the first cotton grower in North America to plant the first commercially-available cottonseed with the Enlist cotton trait.

Product News

New Options for Roundup Ready PLUS Program

March 25, 2016

The Roundup Ready PLUS Crop Management Solutions program for 2016 includes a new tool for weed management and new incentives for farmers looking to fight insect pests in corn.

Product News

Greenleaf Launches easyFlow Closed Transfer System

March 24, 2016

Greenleaf Technologies has launched the company’s new easyFlow closed transfer system for the North American market.

Product News

AgLogic Launches Aldicarb Product in Georgia

March 15, 2016

Growers in Georgia will be able to use a new aldicarb pesticide in 2016 for nematode and early season pest control.

Product News

Moss Joins Mid-South Team for Brake Herbicide

February 29, 2016

Ag sales veteran Larry Moss has joined SePRO Corporation as a technical specialist for Brake herbicide in the Mid-South.

Latest News
Insect Control

New Webcast Addresses Thrips Management Strategies

May 3, 2016

A new webcast focusing on thrips management strategies for the Southeast has been added to the Focus on Cotton online series from the Plant Management Network and Cotton Incorporated.

Weed Control

Participation Urged for Texas Palmer Amaranth Study

May 3, 2016

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is conducting an online survey to determine weed management systems commonly used by cotton growers, as well as the current extent of glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth in West Texas.

Insect Control

Providing Sudden Impact in Worm Control

April 8, 2016

Twenty years ago, Bollgard technology came to U.S. cotton fields. Cotton production hasn’t been the same since.

Crop Inputs

Pest Management Help on the Horizon

April 6, 2016

Weed and insect challenges in cotton may never change. But several new technologies are showing promise for the fights ahead.

Insect Control

AgriLife Extension Scout School Set for April 5

March 24, 2016

The Texas Panhandle Scout School, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will be held April 5 in Amarillo.

Crop Inputs

Dates Set for 2016 Mississippi Scout Schools

March 21, 2016

Mississippi State University has announced the dates and agenda for five scout schools, all to be held in April.

Crop Inputs

Lorenz: Scrutinize All Input Choices

March 15, 2016

In a recent web post, Dr. Gus Lorenz, University of Arkansas Extension entomologist, urges growers to be cautious of unsubstantiated product claims, especially during tough financial times.

Seed Varieties

Variety Maturity Guide Available from MS State

March 8, 2016

A new guide to variety maturity that shows where popular cotton varieties fall on a maturity timeline is now available online from Mississippi State University.

Crop Inputs

11 Considerations for Using Poultry Litter in Cotton

March 4, 2016

Poultry litter can provide an alternative nutrient source for cotton. But growers need to keep several things in mind when thinking about adding litter to their production program.

Insect Control

Thrips Continue to Drive Seed Treatment Use

March 2, 2016

With thrips present in nearly 100% of Mississippi and other Mid-South cotton fields, growers can’t afford to cut back on seed treatments to help get their crop off to a solid start.

Insect Control

Options for Tarnished Plant Bug IPM Programs

February 5, 2016

With the availability of Transform in question for 2016, Mississippi State Extension specialists and researchers have developed two IPM programs for management of tarnished plant bugs.

Weed Control

How to Manage PPO Resistant Pigweed in Cotton

February 4, 2016

Mississippi State Extension specialists say managing Palmer amaranth with multiple resistance to glyphosate, ALS and PPO herbicides will be complicated, but not impossible.

Crop Inputs

Four Webcasts Added to Focus on Cotton Series

January 22, 2016

Four new webcasts focusing on early-season strategies for weed management, harvest aids, and soil management have been added to the Focus on Cotton online webcast resource.

Seed Varieties

Taking Drought Tolerance from Passion to Reality

January 7, 2016

Cory Mills blends his passion for drought tolerance into Bayer’s West Texas breeding program.

Seed Varieties

2015 Mississippi Small Plot Cotton OVT Data Now Online

December 21, 2015

Data from the 2015 Mississippi State University Official Cotton Variety trials can now be accessed online.