Syngenta launches Viptera 3 maize in Colombia
Syngenta has launched its genetically modified insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant Viptera 3(Bt11xMIR162xGA21) maize in Colombia. Viptera 3 offers tolerance to glyphosate and glufosinate-ammonium, and produces the Bt Vip3A and Cry1Ab toxins. It controls fall armyworms (Spodoptera frugiperda), beet armyworms (S exigua), black cutworms (Agrotis ipsilon), corn earworms (Helicoverpa zea) and tobacco budworms (H virescens). It has undergone three years of field trials in Colombia. Syngenta is to debut Viptera 3 in Granada, Meta region, and it will be available in maize-growing regions nationwide from next month. The GM maize been approved in other Latin American countries, including Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. It is marketed in several countries as Viptera 3110.