Syngenta announced that the European Commission has granted import approval for the Agrisure Viptera trait (Event MIR162). This regulatory approval allows the importation of U.S. corn grown with this trait for food or feed use within the 27 countries of the European Union.
“This regulatory approval provides growers broader access for marketing grain from hybrids containing the Agrisure Viptera trait,” said Jill Wenzel, Syngenta product lead, commercial traits. “Agrisure Viptera trait technology offers growers greater protection against the broadest spectrum of above-ground corn pests, allowing them to grow more corn and helping them achieve maximum quality.”
In 2010, Syngenta trials showed that hybrids with the Agrisure Viptera trait delivered an average yield advantage of 7.3 bushels per acre under ear-feeding insect pressure versus hybrids without the trait. Agrisure Viptera trait technology features Vip3A, a mode of action that has demonstrated breakthrough control of multiple pests.
Syngenta received deregulation from the USDA for the Agrisure Viptera trait in April 2010. The Agrisure Viptera trait also has received approval in those markets recommended by both the National Corn Growers Association and the Biotech Industry Organization.
In total, the technology is approved for cultivation in Argentina, Brazil, Canada and the United States and for import in Australia, Belarus, the European Union, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia and Taiwan.