Sygenta, DuPont in pact for tool reducing corn insects

by Eric Schroeder
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BASEL, SWITZERLAND — Syngenta and E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. have signed an agreement that will provide DuPont’s Pioneer Hi-Bred business access to Syngenta’s novel insect control corn technology, MIR162. As part of the agreement, Syngenta will grant Pioneer a non-exclusive, global license with stacking rights to MIR162.

"We are pleased with this important commitment, which further demonstrates the quality of Syngenta’s biotech trait pipeline," said Davor Pisk, chief operating officer Syngenta Seeds. "This agreement will accelerate the rapid adoption of Syngenta proprietary technology to better protect growers’ corn crops worldwide."

Paul E. Schickler, DuPont vice-president and general manager and president of Pioneer, said access to the trait will give Pioneer "a great new tool" to build on its insect control product offerings.

MIR162 is currently in the regulatory review process in the United States and the major corn export markets. It is expected to receive U.S. regulatory approval by the end of the year, DuPont said.

"MIR162 will protect corn above the ground by delivering high-level control of a broad spectrum of lepidopteran insects, including fall army worm, corn ear worm, western bean and black cut worm and sugar cane borer, which are key pests in the United States, Brazil and Argentina," DuPont said. "The gene contained in MIR162 has a distinct mode of action that is structurally and functionally different from the genes contained in insect control technologies currently in the marketplace."

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