Syngenta’s key refuge-in-a-bag products will contain the Agrisure Viptera trait (the company’s broad Lepidopteran trait introduced in 2010). The company lineup will include (pending final regulatory approval) Agrisure 3122 E-Z Refuge for above- and below- ground pests, and Agrisure Viptera 3220 E-Z Refuge for above-ground pests.
According to Grant Ozipko, Syngenta traits marketing manager, the company intends to convert the seed portfolio as quickly as possible to these offerings. “We now have a full trait portfolio proprietary to Syngenta,” he says. “That allows us to understand how these products work.”
On tap for 2014 is Agrisure Viptera 3222, with two modes of action against broad Lepidoptera and above-ground pests, and two modes of action against below-ground pests. “What’s unique is that this product will have the Agrisure Viptera trait and a new next-generation mode of action against rootworm. We anticipate regulatory approval for sales in 2014.”
In limited launch this year are hybrids with Agrisure Artesian technology. These utilize multiple modes of action to help protect corn plants at different stages against different moisture stresses. Agrisure Artesian technology is the first offering in Syngenta’s water-optimization platform to assist growers with moisture management.
“We are evaluating Agrisure Artesian hybrids in irrigated, partially irrigated and dryland markets,” Ozipko says. “There was a limited launch in 2011, and we are working with growers to understand the yield benefits of this product under various drought conditions.”
Further out in Syngenta’s timeline are traited water events, expected sometime in the latter half of this decade. “We’re working on a GM water event that has very specific applications. As we learn more, we will position the product in the appropriate market segments,” Ozipko says.
“What we do know is that with GM traits we can ramp up very fast using current breeding tools,” he says. “Native traits can be complicated, which sometimes limits how quickly they integrate into the product portfolio. Once we determine the dynamics of how a GM trait can work in a hybrid, we can get it into our portfolio faster.”
Syngenta’s Enogen corn is designed exclusively for the ethanol market. Its amylase technology makes starch conversion more efficient, improving the dry-grind ethanol process productivity.
Also on the horizon is work into output-based traits, and how corn can more effectively deliver starches and carbohydrates. “That work is more in the exploratory stages right now, but we are looking at all available markets and how crops can deliver products for those markets,” Ozipko says.