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USDA approves Agrisure® Duracade? corn rootworm trait

Thursday, February 28, 2013

USDA approves Agrisure® Duracade? corn rootworm trait01:00 EST Thursday, February 28, 2013- Approval sets new standard for corn rootworm control - Unrivalled dual mode of action when combined with Agrisure® RW - Fourth proprietary corn trait introduction in six years - Confirms leading biotech innovationBASEL, Switzerland, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Syngenta announced today that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has fully deregulated Agrisure® DuracadeTM, enabling launch in the US for the 2014 planting season. Agrisure Duracade expresses a unique protein to control corn rootworm. It has a different mode of action to Syngenta'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. Syngenta Chief Operating Officer, Davor Pisk, said: "This is the fourth introduction of a proprietary corn trait in the past six years, demonstrating our ability rapidly to deliver ground-breaking innovations to growers. The technology will be 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 enhances Syngenta's leading corn insect control portfolio, which includes seed treatments and insecticides as well as traits. It will also be 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. Hybrid seeds containing Agrisure Duracade will be available for the 2014 season.Syngenta is one of the world's leading companies with more than 27,000 employees in over 90 countries dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant potential to life. Through world-class science, global reach and commitment to our customers we help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment and improve health and quality of life. For more information about us please go to www.syngenta.com. Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsThis document contains forward-looking statements, which can be identified by terminology such as 'expect', 'would', 'will', 'potential', 'plans', 'prospects', 'estimated', 'aiming', 'on track' and similar expressions.Such statements may be subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from these statements.We refer you to Syngenta's publicly available filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for information about these and other risks and uncertainties.Syngenta assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changed assumptions or other factors.This document does not constitute, or form part of, any offer or invitation to sell or issue, or any solicitation of any offer, to purchase or subscribe for any ordinary shares in Syngenta AG, or Syngenta ADSs, nor shall it form the basis of, or be relied on in connection with, any contract therefor.Syngenta International AGMedia contacts:Analyst/Investor contacts:Media OfficePaul BarrettJennifer GoughCH-4002 BaselSwitzerland  +41 61 323 2323Switzerland   +41 61 323 5059SwitzerlandUSA               +1 202 737 6521Tel:      +41 61 323 23 23Fax:     +41 61 323 24 24Paul MinehartLars OestergaardUSA             + 1 202 737 8913Switzerland   +41 61 323 6793www.syngenta.comUSA               +1 202 737 6520SOURCE Syngenta