EPA has granted registration approvals for Syngenta’s new Agrisure corn trait, referred to as the MIR162 event. The approval is a key milestone in bringing a new mode of action for insect control in corn to market.
The company will include the new trait in stacks with the Agrisure CB/LL (Corn Borer/LibertyLink) trait for the control of a broad spectrum of lepidopteran corn pests. The approval is a key milestone in bringing to market a new mode of action for insect control in corn.
Pending all remaining regulatory and key import approvals, hybrids containing the new trait are anticipated to be available for planting in spring 2010. The trait will only be available stacked with either the Agrisure 3000GT trait stack for control of European corn borer, corn rootworm, and glyphosate or glufosinate herbicide tolerance, or the Agrisure GT (glyphosate tolerance)/CB/LL stack for control of European corn borer with glyphosate and glufosinate herbicide tolerance.
The MIR162 event uses a new proprietary technology from Syngenta that features a novel insecticidal protein called Vegetative Insecticidal Protein 3A (Vip3A). In Syngenta trials, the trait has been shown to provide enhanced control of a wide range of lepidopteran corn pests including corn earworm, western bean cutworm, black cutworm, and fall armyworm.