Authorization from the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture has been given for Dow AgroSciences’ 2B710HX, 2B688HX, 2B707HX, 2C520HX, and 2A525HX corn hybrids. In the future, Dow plans to be able to offer its full range of corn hybrids with this technology to the Brazilian market.
HERCULEX I, which has been in use in the United States, Argentina, and other countries for several years, protects corn against the Spodoptora frugiperda caterpillar, Brazil’s main corn pest. The technology incorporates the cry1F gene, originated from the Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) microorganism that naturally occurs in the soil, into the plant, protecting it for the plant’s entire life cycle. It also allows the control of Diatraea saccharalis.