GM Crop Database

Database Product Description

MON88913 x MON15985 (MON-88913-8 x MON-15985-7)
Host Organism
Gossypium hirsutum (Cotton)
Trait
Resistance to lepidopteran pests and glyphosate herbicide tolerance
Trait Introduction
Traditional plant breeding and selection
Proposed Use

Production for fibre, livestock feed, and human consumption.

Product Developer
Monsanto Company

Summary of Regulatory Approvals

Country Food Feed Environment Notes
Australia 2006
Brazil 2012 2012 2012
Colombia 2010 2007 2007
Japan 2005 2006
Korea 2006 2008
Mexico 2006 2006
New Zealand 2006
Philippines 2006 2006
South Africa 2007 2007 2007
Taiwan 2015

Introduction Expand

This stacked cotton hybrid is a product of traditional plant breeding, and is therefore not automatically subject to regulation in all countries, unlike transgenic plants resulting from recombinant-DNA technologies. The approvals table above does not include entries from these countries. Other countries may request notification in advance of the release of a stacked hybrid, or may request information to conduct an environmental and food safety assessment, and these countries’ decisions are reflected in the approvals table.

The stacked cotton line 15985 X MON88913 expresses three novel proteins: the delta-endotoxins Cry1Ac and Cry2Ab, both of which confer resistance to the lepidopteran pests of cotton, such as the cotton bollworm, pink bollworm and tobacco budworm, and the CP4 EPSPS protein which confers tolerance to the herbicide glyphosate. The insecticidal proteins Cry1Ac and Cry2Ab are produced by the cry1Ac gene and cry2Ab genes respectively, both of which are from 15985. The CP4 EPSPS protein is produced by two cp4 epsps genes from MON88913 to confer tolerance to glyphosate later in the growing season, specifically after the fifth true leaf stage. The novel traits of each parental line have been combined, through traditional plant breeding, to produce this new cotton line. For a full description of each parental line please refer to the individual product descriptions in the crop database for 15985 and MON88913.

The inserted genes and their gene products have a history of safe use, and have undergone review and approval by several regulatory agencies. No interactions among the gene products or negative synergistic effects are expected in the stacked hybrid. Since neither Cry1Ac, nor Cry2Ab are enzymes, these proteins have no effect on plant metabolism. The CP4 EPSPS has high affinity for its substrates phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP) and shikimate-3-phosphate, which are part of the shikimate metabolic pathway. CP4 EPSPS, Cry1Ac and Cry2Ab are therefore not expected to interact within, nor affect the metabolism of the stacked line.

Summary of Introduced Genetic Elements Expand

Code Name Type Promoter, other Terminator Copies Form
CP4 epsps 5-enolpyruvyl shikimate-3-phosphate synthase HT P-FMV/TSF1: chimeric promoter containing A. thaliana tsf1 promoter elongation factor EF-1 alpha; Figwort Mosaic Virus 35S promoter enhancer; A. thaliana tsf1 leader and intron; chloroplast transit peptide from A. thaliana Pisum sativum T-E9 DNA containing 3’ UTR of Rubisco small subunit E9 gene 1 functional
CP4 epsps 5-enolpyruvyl shikimate-3-phosphate synthase HT P-35S/ACT8: chimeric promoter from A. thaliana act8 f Cauliflower Mosaic Virus 35S promoter enhancer; A. thaliana act8 leader and intron; chloroplast transit peptide from A. thaliana Pisum sativum T-E9 DNA containing 3’ UTR of Rubisco small subunit E9 gene 1 functional
aad 3"(9)-O-aminoglycoside adenylyltransferase SM bacterial promoter Not expressed in plant tissues
cry1Ac Cry1Ac delta-endotoxin IR double enhanced CaMV 35S 3' poly(A) signal from soybean alpha subunit of the beta-conglycinin gene >=1 Truncated; Line 757: 1 complete T-DNA and 1 paritial T-DNA insertion event
nptII neomycin phosphotransferase II SM nopaline synthase (nos) from A. tumefaciens >=1 Native
cry2Ab Cry2Ab delta-endotoxin IR double enhanced CaMV 35S PetHSP70 leader sequence and the chloroplast transit peptide leader sequence (CTP2) A. tumefaciens nopaline synthase (nos) 3'-untranslated region 1 Modified to enhance in planta expression
uidA beta-D-glucuronidase SM double enhanced CaMV 35S A. tumefaciens nopaline synthase (nos) 3'-untranslated region 1 Native

Characteristics of Gossypium hirsutum (Cotton) Expand

Center of Origin Reproduction Toxins Allergenicity

Believed to originate in Meso-America (Peruvian-Ecuadorian-Bolivian region).

Generally self-pollinating, but can be cross-pollinating in the presence of suitable insect pollinators (bees). In the U.S., compatible species include G. hirsutum, G. barbadense, and G. tomentosum.

Gossypol in cottonseed meal.

Cotton is not considered to be allergenic, although there are rare, anecdotal reports of allergic reactions in the literature.

Donor Organism Characteristics Expand

Latin Name Gene Pathogenicity
Agrobacterium tumefaciens strain CP4 CP4 epsps

Agrobacterium tumefaciens is a common soil bacterium that is responsible for causing crown gall disease in susceptible plants. There have been no reports of adverse effects on humans or animals.

Agrobacterium tumefaciens strain CP4 CP4 epsps

Agrobacterium tumefaciens is a common soil bacterium that is responsible for causing crown gall disease in susceptible plants. There have been no reports of adverse effects on humans or animals.

Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. kurstaki cry1Ac

Although target insects are susceptible to oral doses of Bt proteins, there is no evidence of toxic effects in laboratory mammals or bird given up to 10 µg protein / g body wt. There are no significant mammalian toxins or allergens associated with the host organism.

Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. kurstaki cry1Ab-Ac

While target insects are susceptible to oral doses of Bt proteins, no evidence of toxic effects in laboratory mammals or birds given up to 10 µg protein/g body weight.

Modification Method Expand

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Characteristics of the Modification Expand

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Environmental Safety Considerations Expand

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Abstract Collapse

MON15985 x MON88913 (OECD identifier: MON-15985-7 x MON-88913-8) cotton is the product of the cross-breeding of the insect-resistant cotton line 15985 (MON-15985-7) with the herbicide-tolerant cotton line MON88913 (OECD: MON-88913-8). This stacked cotton line is a product of traditional plant breeding, and therefore is not automatically subject to regulation in all jurisdictions as are transgenic plants resulting from recombinant DNA technologies. Certain jurisdictions may request notification in advance of the release of a stacked hybrid, or may request information to conduct an environmental and food safety assessment. Examples of jurisdictions that require either notification or information about stacked hybrids prior to their release into the environment, and for use in human food and livestock feed are Japan and the Philippines.

The stacked cotton line 15985 X MON88913 expresses three novel proteins: the delta-endotoxins Cry1Ac and Cry2Ab, both of which confer resistance to the lepidopteran pests of cotton, such as the cotton bollworm, pink bollworm and tobacco budworm, and the CP4 EPSPS protein which confers tolerance to the herbicide glyphosate. The insecticidal proteins Cry1Ac and Cry2Ab are produced by the cry1Ac gene and cry2Ab genes respectively, both of which are from 15985. The CP4 EPSPS protein is produced by two cp4 epsps genes from MON88913 to confer tolerance to glyphosate later in the growing season, specifically after the fifth true leaf stage. The novel traits of each parental line have been combined, through traditional plant breeding, to produce this new cotton line. For a full description of each parental line please refer to the individual product descriptions in the crop database for 15985 and MON88913.

The inserted genes and their gene products have a history of safe use, and have undergone review and approval by several regulatory agencies. No interactions among the gene products or negative synergistic effects are expected in the stacked hybrid. Since neither Cry1Ac, nor Cry2Ab are enzymes, these proteins have no effect on plant metabolism. The CP4 EPSPS has high affinity for its substrates phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP) and shikimate-3-phosphate, which are part of the shikimate metabolic pathway. CP4 EPSPS, Cry1Ac and Cry2Ab are therefore not expected to interact within, nor affect the metabolism of the stacked line.

Links to Further Information Expand

Brazil Ministry of Science and Technology - MCT The National Biosafety Technical - CTNBio Executive Secretary Japanese Biosafety Clearing House, Ministry of Environment Office of the Gene Technology Regulator Philippines Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry

This record was last modified on Friday, August 11, 2017