Monsanto Co has revealed it will transfer technology aimed at improving the quality of cotton fibre to industry marketing and research group Cotton Inc for an undisclosed sum.

The St Louis-based company said in a statement it will shift six gene promoters to Cotton Inc which was founded in the 1970s, when cotton growers feared for their future from synthetic fibres.

Monsanto's Carl Casale, vice president and general manager for Monsanto's North American agriculture business, said the deal is similar to transfers of corn and soybean biotechnology in the past two years.

He continued: "We have been pleased and gratified that cotton growers have rapidly adopted cotton varieties containing our biotechnology traits for improved insect protection and weed control.

"Transferring these promoters to the US cotton industry will help Cotton Inc through their research programs, work on future generations of cotton for enhancements beyond agronomic traits."

"Through the use of these promoters and other technologies, future research will hold the potential to create unique US cottons that can be differentiated in world export markets, while bringing added value to US cotton producers," added Roy Cantrell, vice president, agricultural research, Cotton Inc.