Monsanto has submitted two refuge-in-a-bag products for EPA approval: Genuity SmartStax and Genuity VT Double Pro. Genuity SmartStax is a blend that contains 95% SmartStax seed and 5% non-insect-traited corn seed. (Dow AgroSciences and Monsanto both submitted registration for the SmartStax refuge-in-a-bag product to the EPA.)

SmartStax includes Dow AgroSciences’ Herculex Insect Protection technologies and Monsanto’s YieldGard VT Rootworm/RR2 and Genuity VT Triple Pro technologies, as well as Roundup Ready 2 from Monsanto and LibertyLink from Bayer CropSciences. This combination results in multiple, independently active Bt proteins.

Genuity VT Double Pro provides dual modes of action, offering protection from European corn borer, southwestern corn borer, fall armyworm, and corn earworm while offering tolerance to Roundup agricultural herbicides. The product will be targeted for areas with low corn rootworm protection.

Both refuge-in-a-bag products will be sold under the name RIB Complete and are expected to be available in 2012, pending EPA approval. They will be marketed through Monsanto’s seed companies and licensees.