Syngenta announced that the USDA fully deregulated Agrisure Duracade, enabling seed with the trait to be planted in 2014. Product sales are currently occurring.

Agrisure Duracade expresses a unique protein to control corn rootworm. It has a different mode of action to the company’s existing Agrisure RW trait. When combined these traits provide unmatched insect control: USDA data show a tenfold reduction in Western corn rootworm beetle emergence and superior performance against all comparable traits.

“This is the fourth introduction of a proprietary corn trait in the past six years, demonstrating our ability to rapidly deliver ground-breaking innovations to growers,” a Syngenta spokesman noted. The technology is available at a time when insect resistance is a rising challenge. Its proven dual mode of action will be indispensable for the effective management of corn pests and will raise farm productivity.

Agrisure Duracade is being used to create convenient and effective refuge-in-a-bag solutions for corn rootworm control featuring two new trait stacks: Agrisure Duracade 5122 and Agrisure Duracade 5222.