Syngenta Expands Corn Rootworm Protection Options with Duracade Trait

Canadian corn growers will have access in 2014 to a novel source of corn rootworm protection as Syngenta Canada rolls out its Agrisure Duracade trait.

The Duracade trait is the first corn rootworm trait launched with insect resistance management and the preservation of technology durability in mind, says Syngenta in a press release. It will be available to Canadian corn growers in Agrisure Duracade 5122 and Agrisure Duracade 5222 trait stacks. Both stacks will be available with E-Z Refuge, five percent refuge blended in the bag, offering the simplicity and convenience of automatic refuge compliance.

Through their incessant root feeding, corn rootworms stunt plant growth and limit ear fill. By reducing water and nutrient uptake of plants, larval root pruning places severe physiological stress on corn and results in significant yield reduction.

To combat these pests, the Duracade trait is stacked with Agrisure RW, combining elements of both lepidopteran-active and coleopteran-active protein, which results in superior control of Western corn rootworm and Northern corn rootworm. This trait stack features the industry’s first hybrid Bt insect control protein for coleopteran pests.’s Bernard Tobin was on hand earlier this week to speak with Shawn Brenneman, agronomic sales manager for Eastern Canada with Syngenta Canada, to talk about this product launch.

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