In-kind support of genebanks

For crops including cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, maize, melon, pepper, spinach, tomato and watermelon, Monsanto Company has conducted hundreds of seed increases each year for the Centre for Genetic Resources of the Netherlands (CGN), INRA (France) and the United States Department of Agriculture National Plant Germplasm System (USDA). This work, which is done at the request of a gene bank, includes growing, pollinating, collecting phenotypic data, harvesting and shipping.  For many of these crops, support has been consistently provided for over 6 years. 

In support of cotton breeding and germplasm enhancement globally, Monsanto Company provided $8,000 to Cotton Incorporated to support the CottonGen database housed at Washington State University. Financial support has been provided since 2012. In addition, Monsanto Company publicly released approximately 4,000 SSR markers, which will help cotton breeders around the world.


Contact: Roy Cantrell


United States