Monsanto expands funding for pesticide research

Monsanto Co. has expanded the scope of a grant program for researchers studying crop pests and committed another $3 million in funding.

The initiative began in 2012, and Monsanto allocated $3 million last year for projects that studied management, biology, physiology, biochemistry and the economic impact of the corn rootworm. The company provided merit-based awards of a maximum of $250,000 per year for up to three years.

The program has 13 research projects underway, Monsanto said. This year, Monsanto broadened the program to include all insects deemed row crop pests.

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