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Syngenta receives China import approval for Agrisure Duracade® corn trait, expands corn hybrid portfolio

  • Import approval granted for food and feed use
  • Agrisure Duracade offers proven control of corn rootworm
  • Enables access to the latest hybrids, new genetic offerings from Syngenta 
MINNETONKA, Minn., U.S.A. – Syngenta announced today that it has received notification of import approval from the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture for its Agrisure Duracade® trait (Event 5307). The approval covers corn grain and processing co-products, including dried distillers grains (DDGs), for food and feed use.

“Obtaining this regulatory approval opens up new opportunities within our portfolio,” said David Hollinrake, president of Syngenta Seeds, LLC. “Moving forward, growers can expect expanded access to the full depth and breadth of our genetic portfolio with more choice and exciting new hybrids that offer elite genetics plus the latest in corn rootworm control technology.”

Corn rootworm costs U.S. growers more than $1 billion annually due to yield losses and costs of control measures. Agrisure Duracade, which features a unique mode of action, helps deliver control of corn rootworm for a healthier corn crop with higher yield potential. A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study on Agrisure Duracade showed a 99.7 percent reduction in adult beetle emergence, higher than any other current rootworm product on the market.*

Syngenta will continue to offer Agrisure Duracade for the 2017 and 2018 planting seasons under its grain-use marketing program.

“We will continue to provide support to Agrisure Duracade growers, ensuring confidence in grain marketing options,” stated Hollinrake. “With this approval, we are working to identify additional accepting locations, offering even more opportunities to market Agrisure Duracade grain.”

The Agrisure Duracade trait has completed the Food and Drug Administration consultation process, received registration from the Environmental Protection Agency and has been fully deregulated by the USDA since 2013.

Agrisure Duracade is available from Golden Harvest® Seed Advisors™ and NK® seed sellers in the Agrisure Duracade 5122 E-Z Refuge® and Agrisure Duracade 5222 E-Z Refuge trait stacks. The Agrisure Duracade trait is also available in hybrids from distributors of Catalyst®, Innotech™ and Phoenix® brand seed, and in addition is licensed by many independent seed companies.

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*Mortality Impact of Bt Transgenic Maize Roots Expressing eCry3.1Ab, mCry3A, and eCry3.1Ab Plus mCry3A on Western Corn Rootworm Larvae in the Field. Bruce E. Hibbard, Daniel L. Frank, Ryan Kurtz, Eric Boudreau, Mark R. Ellersieck, and J. Frederick Odhiambo. Journal of Economic Entomology. 2011, 104 (5). 1584-1591.

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