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Apr 21, 2010

Syngenta Stacked GM Corn (AgriSure) Approved By USDA

On 21 April 2010, Syngenta issued a press release from its headquarters in Switzerland that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) had approved the commercial release in the United States of MIR162, Agrisure Viptera™ trait.  This trait will be added to Agrisure 3000GT trait stack, furthering the strength of  Syngenta's stacked Agrisure® line.  This is a line of stacked gene-engineered traits for corn farmers offering "broad-spectrum, insect control and glyphosate tolerance."

According to Davor Pisk, Chief Operating Officer for Syngenta, “The Agrisure Viptera trait is a truly innovative technology that will be the cornerstone of Syngenta’s insect control solutions. ... It provides a new mode of action that has demonstrated a level of pest control and yield performance previously unseen in our industry.”

Agrisure Viptera 3111 trait stack "delivers unsurpassed above ground pest control of 14 yield- and quality-robbing insects, including corn earworm, fall armyworm, Western bean cutworm and sugarcane borer."

Syngenta estimates that "[t]he technology has the power to help U.S. corn growers avoid an estimated 238 million bushels of corn and $1.1 billion in annual yield and grain quality losses due to multi-pest damage."

Syngenta will be available in the United States for the 2011 growing season. 

The MIR162, Agrisure Viptera™ trait has also been approved in Canada and Brazil.

For more see: "Syngenta receives approval for breakthrough corn trait technology in the U.S.," Syngenta Press Release, Basel, Switzerland, 21 April 2010.

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