Source: Syngenta Seeds, Inc.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved a natural refuge option for Syngenta Seeds, Inc.'s VipCot cotton technology. VipCot cotton contains the transgenic cotton events COT67B, which produces the Cry1Ab protein, and COT102, which features the novel Vip3A protein. Vip3A is the same protein found in Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera trait in corn and is a totally new mode of action in both cotton and corn.
"VipCot cotton is the first transgenic cotton which combines both VIP and Cry proteins for enhanced resistance management with a natural refuge option," said Ryan Kurtz, insect resistance management specialist with Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc. "In granting a natural refuge option, the EPA has affirmed the value of this technology in helping prevent the development of resistant insects, as well as offering growers an opportunity to protect all of their cotton acres from most caterpillar pests."