Dow Chemical Invented Bt Trait, not Monsanto

District court decision confirms Dow Chemical was first to invent the insect resistant trait. Compiled by staff

Published on: Aug 17, 2004

Dow AgroSciences was the first to invent the Bt-based insect resistance trait Cry1F, according to an August 13, 2004, decision rendered by the United States District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego.

Cry1F is the protein conferring insect resistance in Dow AgroSciences' Herculex I Insect Protection corn seed, now sold in the U.S. and Canada; and in WideStrike insect-resistant cotton seed, currently scheduled, pending regulatory approvals, for commercial launch in the U.S. in time for the 2005 growing season.

"This decision vindicates our position that Dow Chemical - not Monsanto - was the inventor of Cry1F insect resistance," says Pete Siggelko, Dow AgroSciences vice president of Plant Genetics and Biotechnology. "It also ensures that corn and cotton growers will continue to have extremely competitive alternatives to Monsanto technology."

Dow AgroSciences is an affiliate of Mycogen Corporation, the successful party in the litigation. Both companies are wholly-owned subsidiaries of The Dow Chemical Company.