Bayer CropScience

Chris Sansone

Global Regulatory Affairs Manager – Insect Resistance Management (Americas), Bayer CropScience

Chris Sansone serves as Global Regulatory Affairs Manager – Insect Resistance Management (Americas), where he leads the management and advances the development of a regionally focused Insect Resistance Management (IRM) program for Bayer CropScience LP (BCS) transgenic crops. He also serves as a Bee Ambassador for the company, speaking about bee health and other issues.

Prior to joining BCS in 2012, Chris spent 31 years at Texas A&M University, where he served as a professor and extension specialist within the Department of Entomology. Over the course of his career, Chris has co-authored and published 41 academic papers and has received numerous Extension and Society awards, including the Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension.

Chris received his Ph.D. in Entomology from Texas A&M University and is recognized as an Extension Specialist Emeritus with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

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Posted On: Saturday, 11/15/2014 10:19 am
A: Bee health is a complicated story that scientists are still trying to unravel.  While there are many opinions and theories, most scientists agree that multiple stressors are involved in colony collapse disorder (CCD), but none include GMO crops. . The Agricultural Research Service – United States Department of Agriculture (ARS-USDA)   states, “While a number of potential causes have been championed by a variety of researchers and interest groups, none of them have... Continue Reading
Posted On: Thursday, 7/31/2014 12:00 pm
A: There is no connection between genetically modified (GM) crops and neonicotinoids. Both can be used separately or together by homeowners and growers. Homeowners, especially in urban areas, use neonicotinoids to protect ornamentals and citrus trees from the Asian citrus psyllid and citrus greening and to protect their trees from the emerald ash borer, the Asian longhorned beetle and the hemlock woolly adelgid, and growers use both neonicotinoids and GM crops to manage damaging insect... Continue Reading
Posted On: Monday, 6/02/2014 7:17 pm
A: All plants genetically modified to be insect resistant or herbicide tolerant undergo a risk assessment, which includes evaluating potential adverse impacts on nontarget arthropods (insects and related animals). Major groups tested include pollinators (e.g., honey bees and bumble bees), predators (e.g., lady beetles and green lacewings) and parasites (e.g., Diaeretiella rapae, an aphid parasite). In addition, soil-dwelling animals, like earthworms, isopods, Collembola, nematodes and protozoa,... Continue Reading
Posted On: Saturday, 3/22/2014 11:59 am
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Posted On: Tuesday, 10/01/2013 10:54 am
A: This question includes an interesting observation and is one that every country that grows GM crops asks. Regulating agencies are very interested in making sure GM crops are compositionally the same as non-GM and that the gene does not negatively affect the plant. As you point out, honey production is an important aspect of canola production, and thus companies make sure that the plants used to develop GM varieties will still produce nectar. Canada is the second-largest grower of canola (the... Continue Reading


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