Dow AgroSciences launches POWERCORE--the first GM corn approved in Brazil with five genes stacked for pest control, herbicide resistance; product can increase corn yield 5%-10%, will be available in Brazil, Argentina in fall, company says

INDIANAPOLIS , May 18, 2012 (press release) – During a launch event in Sao Paulo on May 17, Antonio Galindez, President and CEO, Dow AgroSciences announced the launch of POWERCORE(TM) in Brazil to control major pests in corn. POWERCORE is the first product approved in Brazil with five genes stacked in corn.

The trait incorporated into Dow AgroSciences' hybrid portfolio will be available for sale Fall 2012 in Brazil and Argentina.

"POWERCORE will bring the most robust technology package to Brazilian corn growers," said Galindez. "It will be a superior option to increase productivity and yield in this key growing region. We are very excited about its potential and proud to first launch POWERCORE in South America."

POWERCORE will provide increased corn yield between five percent and 10 percent depending on the technological level of crops and weather conditions.

Through its multiple action modes, POWERCORE(TM) combines the control of major corn pests, such as Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), Sugarcane borer (Diatraea saccharalis), Corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea), Corn stalk borer (Elasmopalpus lignosellus) and Black cutworm (Agrotis ipsilon), and tolerance to two types of herbicides, glyphosate and glufosinate.

POWERCORE brings an important advantage to Brazilian corn growers because the refuge area is reduced to five percent instead of the traditional ten percent refuge recommended for other technologies.

About Dow AgroSciences

Dow AgroSciences, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, develops leading-edge crop protection and plant biotechnology solutions to meet the challenges of the growing world. Dow AgroSciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company and had annual global sales of $5.7 billion in 2011.

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