BASF applies for EU approval of genetically modified potato

Oct 31, 2011

German chemicals giant BASF said Monday it has applied for EU approval for a genetically modified potato which is resistant to a disease that wipes out a fifth of the world's potato crops each year.

"BASF Plant Science applied today for European Union approval for Fortuna, a genetically optimised table potato," the group said in a statement.

The researchers had given Fortuna complete resistance to , a disease caused by a fungi-like pathogen that wipes out up 20 percent of annual harvests the world over, BASF said.

BASF Plant Science started research efforts on Fortuna in 2003, testing it in field trials for six years and subjecting it to extensive .

In the next step of the approval process, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) would assess the safety of Fortuna for humans, animals and the environment, BASF said.

Market introduction was expected for 2014/15.

Explore further: Canola genome sequence reveals evolutionary 'love triangle'

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

German giants Bayer, BASF team up on GM rice

Dec 16, 2010

German chemicals giants Bayer and BASF said Thursday they were teaming up to produce genetically modified rice seeds, technology than can boost yields but which is criticised by environmentalists.

Recommended for you

Researchers look at small RNA pathways in maize tassels

12 hours ago

Researchers at the University of Delaware and other institutions across the country have been awarded a four-year, $6.5 million National Science Foundation grant to analyze developmental events in maize anthers ...

Canola flowers faster with heat genes

Aug 21, 2014

(Phys.org) —A problem that has puzzled canola breeders for years has been solved by researchers from The University of Western Australia - and the results could provide a vital breakthrough in understanding ...

User comments : 0