Corn Fears No Drought

Organization: Monsanto
Co-Developer(s): Heather McClurg
Year: 2014

2014 R&D 100 Winner According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, many states across the U.S. currently display drought conditions ranging from severe to exceptional, including regions in the Western Great Plains. In 2013, corn farmers in these areas were able to plant deeper roots and produce strong yields with Monsanto’s Genuity DroughtGard Hybrids.

Genuity DroughtGard Hybrids are the agriculture industry’s first biotech drought solution. They are unique in the marketplace in that they offer superior germplasm (living tissue from which new plants can grow), combined with a Yield and Stress transgene (DNA of one organism that has been transferred to another organism), bringing more technical benefits to the production field. The dual advancement path was created to enable the development and selection of germplasm for the target market, along with a qualification of the transgene that has been shown to conserve water under drought stress. The integrated Yield and Stress transgene is the first of its kind in the industry.

The biotech trait in DroughtGard Hybrids provides the corn plant the ability to slow down water consumption when experiencing drought stress. This hydroefficiency leaves more moisture in the soil, which enables the plant to endure drought stress for a longer period of time, helping the plant to persevere until more precipitation occurs.

Technology Biotech drought solution


Development Team

The Genuity DroughtGard Hybrids Development Team from Monsanto Heather McClurg