Syngenta’s new insect trait for corn rootworm, Agrisure Duracade, just received EPA registration. Thisfollows the completion of the FDA consultation process in February, which determined that the trait is as safe for human and animal consumption as conventional corn. Now the trait needs full USDA deregulation.

The Agrisure Duracade trait expresses a unique protein (eCry3.1Ab) for control of corn rootworm. The proprietary technology has a different mode of action to the AgrisureRW trait against rootworm and will serve as another tool for managing this very damaging pest.

“We are excited to announce the achievement of two important milestones in the process of introducing the next generation of corn rootworm control,” said David Morgan, president of Syngenta Seeds, Inc. and Syngenta North America region director.

The Agrisure Duracade trait will be used to create refuge in-a-bag product offerings from Syngenta featuring two new trait stacks for corn rootworm control. The Agrisure Duracade 5122 trait stack will combine five traits: the Agrisure Duracade trait; Agrisure RW trait for an additional mode of action on corn rootworm; Agrisure CB/LL trait for control of corn borer; Herculex I trait for a second mode of action on corn borer and for broad lepidopteran control;  and GA21 trait for glyphosate tolerance.

The Agrisure Duracade 5222 trait stack will include the same traits as the Agrisure Duracade 5122 trait stack plus the Agrisure Viptera traitfor control of the multi-pest complex. The Agrisure Duracade 5122 and Agrisure Duracade 5222 trait stacks received approval from the EPA concurrent with the Agrisure Duracade trait.

For more information about the Agrisure family of traits, visit www.agrisuretraits.com