Bayer to test TwinLink/VipCot cotton in US
Bayer CropScience has applied to the US EPA for an experimental use permit (EUP) to test genetically modified insect-resistant cotton combining the events in its TwinLink line and Syngenta’s VipCot line. The EUP would cover T304-40xGHB119xCOT102xCOT67B, which expresses the Bt Cry1Ab, Cry2Ae, Vip3Aa19 and mCry1Ab toxins, respectively. The cotton is resistant to a range of lepidopteran pests. The EUP would cover 12,210 acres (4,941 ha), of which 2,035 acres would be Bt cotton, in 12 states and Puerto Rico. It would run until June 1st 2013. Bayer’s TwinLink cotton was deregulated by the USDA last year ( Agrow No 626, p 24). Syngenta is introducing VipCot cotton this year following USDA deregulation of the COT67B event last year ( Agrow No 626, p 25).