The European Commission — the executive branch of the European Union — has granted import approval to the Agrisure Duracade trait, which contains a unique corn rootworm control.
The approval covers corn grain and its derived products for food and feed use within countries of the EU, according to a news release.
Agrisure Duracade hybrids from Syngenta (Agrisure Duracade 5222 E-Z Refuge and Agrisure Duracade 5122 E-Z Refuge) are genetically modified to contain stacked traits, and all of the individual components are now approved.
The Agrisure Duracade trait controls 16 different above- and below-ground corn pests, according to the news release.
Agrisure Duracade E-Z Refuge 5222 includes the Agrisure Viptera technology, which contains the Vip3A trait. This insecticidal protein involves Bacillus thuringiensis strain AB88, which damages the midgut lining of selected lepidopteran (butterflies and moths) and coleopteran (beetles) pests.
Both 5122 and 5222 also contain eCry3.1Ab, a Bt protein that offers resistance to corn rootworm insects, and modified Cry3A for protection against Western, Northern and Mexican corn rootworm.
In addition, they both contain other stacked Bt traits, such as Cry1F and Cry1Ab, that offer broader control of lepidopteran pests, including European corn borer.
These insect traits are stacked with glyphosate and glufosinate tolerance for weed control.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved Agrisure Duracade to plant in the United States in 2013. Hybrids containing the trait have been sold and planted in this country since 2014, subject to grain marketing requirements.
For more information about these trait stacks, talk to you local seed provider or visit http://www.biotradestatus.com/.