Syngenta, DuPont Team Up Against Corn Bugs

It’s a sweet deal: Syngenta and DuPont signed a global agreement today that will accelerate your grower-customers’ access to broad insect control technology in corn.

The agreement will provide Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, access to Syngenta’s novel insect control corn event, MIR162. Under the royalty-bearing agreement, Syngenta will grant Pioneer a non-exclusive, global license with stacking rights to MIR162. Other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

MIR162 will protect corn above the ground by delivering high-level control of a broad spectrum of lepidopteran insects including fall armyworm, corn earworm, western bean and black cutworm, and sugar cane borer, which are key pests in the U.S., Brazil, and Argentina. The gene contained in MIR162 has a distinct mode of action that is structurally and functionally different from the genes contained in insect control technologies currently in the marketplace.

MIR162 is currently in the regulatory review process in the U.S. and the major corn export markets. It is expected to receive U.S. regulatory approval by the end of the year.
 

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