Biotechnology in Cotton
The use of biotechnology in cotton has made a significant contribution in the dramatic reduction in insecticides applied to Australian cotton crops. Modern varieties containing biotech traits offer season long control of one of the cotton industry’s most significant insect pests; Helicoverpa spp.
Cotton varieties incorporating Bollgard® 3 have facilitated greater flexibility in planting windows, allowing growers to plant cotton when conditions are ideal for maximising yield potential.
Roundup Ready Flex® has revolutionised weed control in the Australian cotton industry, through the provision of superior weed control technology. However, the technology is but one tool and should be used as part of an overall integrated weed management system.