March 4, 2013
Bayer CropScience, Sygenta seek approval for herbicide-tolerance soy trait
Bayer CropScience and Syngenta have submitted applications for the approval of a new herbicide-tolerance soy trait in various countries.
It is currently under review by regulatory authorities in the US and Canada as well as key soy-importing countries, including the EU. The launch is expected between 2015 and 2020. The new trait confers tolerance to three herbicide active ingredients: Mesotrione, Glufosinate-ammonium and Isoxaflutole (MGI). This MGI herbicide-tolerance trait offers an important new tool for soy growers faced with challenging weeds such as waterhemp, Palmer pigweed and lambsquarters.
The new trait will broaden the herbicide options available to soy growers by offering tolerance to CallistoÂ® and BalanceÂ® herbicides, the leading HPPD-inhibitor products. Further assisting growers in weed resistance management, the new soyproduct will also be tolerant to LibertyÂ® herbicide, while maintaining soyyield and agronomic performance.
MGI herbicide tolerance will finally open the doors for consistent, market-leading residual weed control combined with a powerful post-emergence control option to soygrowers. This technology will substantially improve soy productivity and sustainability of weed control practices by enabling growers to use more effective, residual herbicides that offer maximum flexibility.
"Bayer CropScience is excited to work with Syngenta to provide growers a powerful new weed management tool in soybeans," said Tim Zurliene, Global Trait Marketing and Licensing Manager of Bayer CropScience. "This new trait and herbicide system will enable growers to build highly effective weed management programmes in soybeans while utilising rotation of multiple and highly effective herbicide modes of action - critical in the ongoing fight against weed resistance."
"MGI herbicide tolerance will play an important role in promoting sustainable soybean weed management and provide growers another tool to maximise soybean yield," said Brett Miller, Technical Product Lead of Syngenta. "We expect MGI herbicide tolerance to become the foundation for soybean products containing stacked herbicide tolerance traits, offering multiple modes of action to control the broadest spectrum of weeds."
The MGI herbicide tolerance trait will be available in NKÂ® brand soy varieties offered by Syngenta and Bayer's branded varieties as well as out-licensed to other seed brands once all the necessary regulatory approvals have been obtained.
Additionally, each company is developing its own soy herbicide products and programmes that will be utilised with the new soy varieties.