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DuPont gains access to Syngenta's new corn insect control technology

Agriculture.com Staff 02/19/2008 @ 2:04pm

Syngenta and DuPont have signed agreement that will provide DuPont's seed company, Pioneer Hi-Bred, access to Syngenta's insect control corn event, MIR162. Under the royalty-bearing agreement, Syngenta will grant Pioneer a non-exclusive, global license with stacking rights to MIR162.

MIR162 will protect corn against a broad spectrum of lepidopteran insects including fall armyworm, corn earworm, western bean cutworm, black cutworm and sugar cane borer. The gene contained in MIR162 has a distinct mode of action that differs from genes in current insect control technologies.

"We are pleased with this important commitment which further demonstrates the quality of Syngenta's biotech trait pipeline," said Davor Pisk, Syngenta Seeds chief operating officer. "This agreement will accelerate the rapid adoption of Syngenta proprietary technology to better protect growers' corn crops worldwide."

"With access to this trait, we have a great new tool to build on our insect control product offerings," said Paul Schickler, DuPont vice president and general manager and president of Pioneer. "The addition of MIR162 to our already strong insect control trait portfolio will provide growers with a superior product choice in controlling the broadest range of insect pests."

MIR162 is currently in the regulatory review process in the United States and the major corn export markets. U.S. regulators are expected to approve it by the end of the year.

Syngenta and DuPont have signed agreement that will provide DuPont's seed company, Pioneer Hi-Bred, access to Syngenta's insect control corn event, MIR162. Under the royalty-bearing agreement, Syngenta will grant Pioneer a non-exclusive, global license with stacking rights to MIR162.

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