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2012-02-09 23:35:23

Over-reliance on glyphosate-type herbicides for weed control on U.S. farms has created a dramatic increase in the number of genetically-resistant weeds, according to a team of agricultural researchers, who say the solution lies in an integrated weed management program. "I'm deeply concerned when I see figures that herbicide use could double in the next decade," said David Mortensen, professor of weed ecology, Penn State. Since the mid-1990s, agricultural seed companies developed and...

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2011-02-25 11:05:29

A newly discovered pathogen, connected to the use of glyphosate, appears to "...significantly impact the health of plants, animals, and probably human beings," claims plant pathologist and retired Purdue University professor Don Huber in a letter to US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Reuters reports. Huber claims the pathogen appears to be connected to use of glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto Co.'s popular herbicide Roundup. Huber is a long-standing critic of genetically modified...

2010-10-19 07:00:00

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 19, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) today outlined its new platform on weed management to provide the framework needed to manage weeds in the absence or presence of glyphosate-resistance. The Roundup Ready PLUS(TM) platform allows farmers to increase the benefits of their Roundup Ready crops by using the best practice recommendations and receiving financial incentives for following the program. The platform is designed to provide effective and...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'