SmartStax® PRO Technology*

SmartStax® PRO Technology is the next generation of protection against an ongoing threat: corn rootworm. Built on the strong foundation of SmartStax® Technology, SmartStax® PRO Technology introduces a third mode of action that offers improved corn rootworm control over a range of pressures for the strongest biotech defense** available in 2022.

1 Features & Benefits

An Industry First for Corn Built on the Proven Benefits of SmartStax® Technology 
An Industry First for Corn Built on the Proven Benefits of SmartStax® Technology

SmartStax® PRO Technology combines the proven benefits of SmartStax® Technology with an additional, unique RNAi-based mode of action — becoming the first product with three modes of action for corn rootworm control.

Protects Against Above- and Below-Ground Pests

In addition to corn rootworm, SmartStax® PRO Technology will also provide protection against above-ground pests including European corn borer, southwestern corn borer, fall armyworm, black cutworm and corn earworm.

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Protects Against Above- and Below-Ground Pests 
The Advantage of RNAi Technology 
The Advantage of RNAi Technology

Bayer is the first to develop RNAi technology to combat corn rootworm, which offers a new and unique third mode of action against the pest. By interfering with a corn rootworm’s ability to create a specific protein critical to its own survival, RNAi technology effectively causes mortality after ingestion.

Because RNAi technology works differently than a soil-applied insecticide or Bt-traits to control corn rootworm, it can increase your corn’s ability to defend itself against the billion-dollar bug.

2 Performance & Future Use

A Defense Unlike Any Other

Today, SmartStax Technology is the most effective biotech defense against corn rootworm on the market. But as we continue to track the early signs of a growing corn rootworm threat, SmartStax PRO Technology offers the strongest biotech defense** against corn rootworm pressure while still providing protection against above-ground pests and tolerance to glyphosate and glufosinate herbicide applications.

A Defense Unlike Any Other 

Looking to 2022 and Beyond

To prepare for the commercial launch of SmartStax PRO Technology, on-farm trials are being conducted in 2021. Limited volumes of SmartStax PRO Technology products will be available to farmers in 2022, and by 2023 and beyond, volumes will be ramped up to give farmers in areas dealing with the risk of corn rootworm the highest level of protection.

3 How It Works

 
Targeting Corn Rootworm

SmartStax PRO Technology contains the two proven Bt traits found in SmartStax Technology to target corn rootworm. In addition, the introduction of RNAi Technology adds an entirely new mode of action against this insect. RNAi works by interfering in a naturally occurring process within the corn rootworm to stop the production of a specific protein vital to their life cycle. Together, these three modes of action form a powerful combination against this top threat to corn.

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