PowerCoreTM Trait Technology

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PowerCore™ technology is a new high-performing, herbicide-resistant seed trait that effectively helps protect crops from damaging above-ground insects, such as the maize stalk borer and spotted maize stem borer. 

PowerCore™ technology offers extensive control of above-ground lepidopteran pests

PowerCore™ technology uses combined modes of action to combat primary and secondary pests that can cause significant crop damage and subsequent production losses. The trait comprises of three different Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) proteins, each targeting insects differently, while helping to prolong the durability of the technology. The multiple modes of action also ensure broad spectrum protection against above-ground pests.

Insect Spectrum

Maize in Africa is attacked by many lepidopteran pests. These pests cause severe damage to maize and crop loss varies depending on the time and level of stem borer infestation.


Maize Stalk Borer

Maize Stalk Borer (Busseola fusca)

Is the most injurious stem borer of maize in South Africa and occurs at altitudes ranging from sea level to 2 000 m above sea level. It is widespread throughout the maize production triangle of South Africa.

Spotted stem borer

Spotted stem borer (Chilo partellus)

is a stem boring insect which is a serious pest of maize, millet and sorghum. The spotted stem borer caterpillars damage these crops by boring or tunnelling inside their plant stems.


Corteva Agriscience Trait Stewardship

Stewardship is a life cycle approach to product management. It is the responsible way to manage our technologies and plant products from their discovery and development, to their use and eventual discontinuation. Corteva Agriscience is committed to bringing new technologies to the marketplace in a responsible manner and promotes practicing responsible Insect Resistance Management, Herbicide Resistance Management and Grain Marketing decisions to ensure crop options.

Technology Use Agreement 

As a trait developer, Corteva Agriscience helps ensure biotech trait technologies are grown and marketed in a way that meets all regulatory requirements in South Africa. Growers must sign a Technology Use Agreement (TUA) before obtaining, planting, or growing seed containing biotech trait technologies in our seed products. A TUA must be signed annually, as it is valid for one (1) year only. 

Product Use Guides

Stewardship is achieved by adherence to the Technology Use Agreement, Product Use Guides, and Product Labels. The Product Use Guides set forth the requirements for growing Corteva seed products containing trait technologies, which include adhering to applicable Insect Resistance Management and Herbicide Resistant Management practices. Complying with the terms in both the Product Use Guides and the Technology Use Agreement is essential to maintaining grower access and use of trait technologies. 

Contact your seed provider for the latest Product Use Guides.



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PowerCore™ multi-event technology developed by Corteva Agriscience and Monsanto. PowerCore™ is a trademark of Monsanto Technology LLC.

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