FAQs

Here are some answers to questions we’ve been asked about Bollgard® 3. If your question isn’t listed below please get in touch.

  • WHAT IS THE REGULATORY STATUS OF BOLLGARD 3?

    In Australia, three major regulatory approvals are required to cultivate a biotechnology crop commercially. Bollgard 3 has now received two of these approvals from Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) and the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR).

    A submission has been made to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) to approve the Bollgard 3 product and also the Resistance Management Plan. Monsanto anticipate receiving this approval in early 2016.

    Monsanto is also working toward obtaining all relevant approvals in countries that import cotton seed. Until all of these regulatory approvals are obtained, Bollgard 3 must be grown under ‘stewarded’ or controlled situations. Monsanto anticipate having all of these approvals in place by mid-2016 (subject to regulatory assessment).

  • Will growers need to complete an accreditation?

    The accreditation program has formed a strong pillar of Monsanto’s stewardship program over many years and across a number of products, including Bollgard II.

    With the introduction of Bollgard 3 the accreditation program will be a valuable resource to growers and the wider industry in transitioning to a new Resistance Management Plan (RMP) and to help you get the most from this new technology.

    Accreditations will commence in early 2016. Sign up for the latest updates on Bollgard 3 <LINK TO CONTACT US FORM>

  • What does the bollgard 3 Resistance Management Plan include?

    The RMP for Bollgard 3 is yet to be formally approved by the APVMA. We have submitted an RMP to the APVMA that has been endorsed by the TIMS committee based on robust evidence through years of research.

    The key elements include a wider planting opportunity, reduced refuge area requirements, and changes in pupae busting requirements to make pupae busting better fit with farming systems without compromising resistance management.

    As part of Monsanto’s accreditation process in 2016 you will have the opportunity to find out more about the new RMP and how the changes will apply to your farm.

    Find out more about the key elements of the RMP.

  • Will we still experience survivors with Bollgard 3?

    Although having very strong performance in the field, Bollgard 3, like Bollgard II, will not be “Helicoverpa proof.”

    External stressors on the plant such as moisture or nutrition issues may still affect gene expression.

    Regular crop scouting is still recommended. Monsanto’s technical staff are always available to answer any questions you may have about performance in your fields.

  • When will Bollgard II be phased out?

    With the additional benefits from the new RMP and varieties from CSD we expect demand for Bollgard 3 to be very strong. Based on grower feedback to date and CSD seed availability we expect the transition to Bollgard 3 will occur quickly.

    For more information on likely anticipated performance of the Bollgard 3 varieties to come contact CSD.

  • Does Bollgard 3 have activity against other pests?

    No. Bollgard 3 will provide a more robust resistance management tool for Australia cotton growers.

    It has the same Bt proteins contained in Bollgard II – Cry1Ac and Cry2Ab – but will also include a third Bt protein Vip3A, which increases the longevity of the technology. Each of these proteins has a different mode of action or ‘kill’ larvae in a different way.

    Find out more about the key elements of the RMP.

Find out more about the transition from Bollgard II to Bollgard 3.

If your question isn’t listed above please get in touch.