Scotts Tests Biotech Grass at Home LawnsFebruary 5, 2014
After twenty years of research, Scotts Miracle-Gro is now on the road towards testing of biotech Kentucky bluegrass in the lawns of their employees this growing season. The biotech grass has the ability to withstand Roundup herbicide of Monsanto.
The initial research involved bentgrass but its lightweight pollen became a concern for gene transfer in the field during testing in 2003. Thus, they replaced it with Kentucky bluegrass which has heavier pollens. Results of initial trials showed that the biotech grass produces lawns that are "much-deeper green" than lawns are at present. The ultimate goal of Scotts is to develop sustainable grass especially for drough-prone areas.
Read the original story at http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2014/01/31/scotts-tests-modified-grass-seed-at-homes.html.
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