DROUGHTGARD® HYBRIDS

The world's first and only drought-tolerant biotechnology trait for corn, DroughtGard® Hybrids products are designed to help corn plants resist drought stress and minimize the risk associated with one key, unpredictable factor: The weather.

The DroughtGard® Hybrids traits system was named a 2014 R&D 100 Award winner by R&D Magazine, which annually recognizes the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the previous year across a wide range of industries.

1 Features & Benefits

Maximize Yield Potential in Drought Conditions. 
Maximize Yield Potential in Drought Conditions.

The DroughtGard® Hybrids trait is a part of a systems approach that combines best agronomic recommendations, germplasm selected for top-end yield potential and superior drought-tolerance characteristics. The DroughtGard® Hybrids gene helps the plant create proteins that are essential for growth, helping to support yield opportunity when water is scarce.

The Role of Hydroefficiency

Hydroefficiency helps the corn plant withstand drought conditions and can help you manage risk of yield loss when drought stress occurs.

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Stacked with Other Traits for Additional Insect Protection.
Stacked with Other Traits for Additional Insect Protection. 

2 Performance

5 bu/A Advantage vs a Leading Competitor 5 bu/A Advantage vs a Leading Competitor

We've got an ear full of reasons to plant DroughtGard® Hybrids corn products next year. Proven to have delivered an average 5 bushels more per acre than Pioneer® Optimum® AQUAmax® and Syngenta® Agrisure Artesian® products.

3 How It Works

The Importance of Protein Development

As corn grows, its health depends on the production of essential proteins. Under normal, low-stress conditions, RNA strands allow what's called a "message" (encoded in a plant's DNA) to be translated into the production of proteins.

1. DNA with healthy RNA

2. RNA Strand under normal conditions

3. The "message", carried by RNA, leads to plant protein production

4. Healthy kernel development

1. DNA with Healthy RNA
2. RNA Strand under normal conditions
The message, carried by RNA, leads to plant protein production.
Healthy kernel development
 
How cspB Increases Water Use in Corn During Low Rainfall

The lack of water during drought conditions sets off a chain reaction within a corn plant, limiting the cell's ability to translate the encoded genetic "message" which disrupts protein production.

Without CSPB | With CSPB
How cspB Increases Water Use in Corn During Low Rainfall
Without cspB

The lack of water during drought conditions sets off a chain reaction within a corn plant, limiting the cell's ability to translate the encoded genetic "message" which disrupts protein production.

With cspB

DroughtGard Hybrids technology utilize a beneficial cspB (cold shock protein B) inside the plant to help reduce the impacts of drought stress. cspB is a gene derived from a naturally occuring soil bacterium, Bacillus subtilus. During drought stress, cspB takes on the role of an RNA chaperone, preventing RNA strands from folding, allowing the plant to continue protein production.

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