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USDA deregulates Agrisure Viptera trait

Agriculture.com Staff 04/21/2010 @ 9:08am

The Agrisure Viptera trait from Syngenta Seeds has received deregulation from USDA. This trait will be combined with the Agrisure 3000GT trait stack to form the new Agrisure Viptera 3111 trait stack.

"With the Agrisure Viptera trait, Syngenta is offering growers a totally new choice for insect control in a breakthrough product," says David Morgan, Syngenta Seeds president. "Vip3A, a new mode of action for corn insect control discovered by Syngenta, makes this unprecedented level of control possible and it is a platform on which we will continue to build."

Syngenta officials say the Agrisure Viptera 3111 trait stack provides the broadest spectrum of above-ground insect control because of Vip3A, the industry's first non-Cry (non-crystalline) insect control protein. Company officials add Vip3A has demonstrated highly effective control of the multi-pest complex, including corn earworm, fall armyworm, Western bean cutworm, black cutworm, dingy cutworm, stalk borer and sugarcane borer, among others.

Company officials say the Agrisure Viptera trait can help U.S. corn growers recoup an estimated 238 million bushels of corn and $1.1 billion in annual yield and grain quality losses due to multi-pest complex damage. These pests are unpredictable, difficult to scout and challenging to treat with conventional insecticides. Corn earworm, which historically has had no viable control solution, is highly susceptible to the Agrisure Viptera trait, say company officials.

Beyond in-field yield and grain quality reductions, the damage from the multi-pest complex also allows spores from fungi to gain access, proliferate and produce mycotoxins. Finding mold and mycotoxins in corn can be financially and emotionally devastating, as grain with concentrations above acceptable thresholds has limited to no market options. In research conducted by Texas A&M University and Syngenta, the Agrisure Viptera trait demonstrated an ability to significantly reduce development of molds and mycotoxins.

Corn hybrids containing the Agrisure Viptera trait will be available for planting in the U.S. in 2011, following receipt of key import market approvals. Growers in selected areas will, however, have the opportunity to view the Agrisure Viptera trait in action at Syngenta field trials in summer 2010.

The Agrisure Viptera trait from Syngenta Seeds has received deregulation from USDA. This trait will be combined with the Agrisure 3000GT trait stack to form the new Agrisure Viptera 3111 trait stack.

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