MON810 maize is a product of the Monsanto company. The maize line has been genetically modified to be resistant against lepidopteran insects.
In 2009, MON810 maize was commercially grown in 17 countries, including six countries of the EU. Additionally, MON810 was imported in several other countries.
MON810 maize was produced by particle bombardment and contains a truncated cry1Ab gene which confers resistance against European stemborer and other lepidoptera.
Despite its widely use there is an ongoing controversy about potential impacts of MON810 culotivation on non-target organisms.
The cultivation of MON810 is currently banned in Austria, Hungary, France, Greece, Germany, and Luxembourg