Scotts Seed Adds Roundup Ready Bentgrass Web Site
The professional seed division of The Scotts Company announces the addition of a Roundup ReadyÒ bentgrass site to www.scottsproseed.com. The Roundup Ready bentgrass information is located at www.scottsproseed.com/products/turf.cfm.
The new addition to the Scotts Seed web site includes background on the concept of Roundup Ready bentgrass, technical issues surrounding it, answers to frequently asked questions, research results, and approval process information. In addition to helping the public become educated about the product, the site was also launched to facilitate public discussion. Roundup Ready bentgrass is currently being reviewed by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture and is awaiting clearance for sale and distribution in the United States. As part of the review process, APHIS is accepting public comment on the product until March 4, 2004. Visitors to the new section of the Scotts Seed web site will be able to submit comments directly to APHIS from the site.
“We are very pleased with the progress of our submission to APHIS to de-regulate the new bentgrass,” said Wayne Horman, Director of Seed Sales and Marketing, The Scotts Company. “The new section of scottsproseed.com will not only help people become completely informed about this new turf variety, but it will allow them to participate in the process.”
The Scotts Company, Monsanto and their partners developed this new bentgrass by inserting a single gene characteristic that provides tolerance to the active ingredient in Roundup PRO herbicide. Field research demonstrates that this latest breakthrough in technology can give golf course superintendents a simple, effective control method for Poa annua, Poa trivialis and a number of other troublesome weeds on greens and fairways. The new system takes full advantage of the favorable environmental characteristics of Roundup PRO. Its active ingredient is rapidly inactivated in soil because of its tight binding to soil particles. Over time, this active ingredient is degraded into naturally occurring compounds by microbes in the soil.