- British scientists have developed genetically modified potatoes that are resistant to the vegetable's biggest threat - blight. A three-year trial has shown that these potatoes can thrive despite being exposed to late onset blight. That disease has plagued farmers for generations and it triggered the Irish potato famine in the 1840s.
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British scientists have developed genetically modified potatoes that are resistant to the vegetable's biggest threat - blight. A three-year trial has shown that these potatoes can thrive despite...
Nov 03, 2016 · To make the Innate potatoes resistance to blight, Simplot inserted genes taken from an unnamed Argentinian potato that’s naturally resistant to blight into the previous Innate potato. The Center for Food Safety immediately composed a release condemning the USDA’s approval of the new Innate potato.
- Lord Haskin: GM potatoes improve "cost and reliability"bbc.com
- 2010: British Report on Genetically Modified (GM) Foodyoutube.com
- US FDA approves second-generation genetically engineered potatoyoutube.com
- Testing a GM Potato in Irelandyoutube.com
Scientists at J.R. Simplot Company developed a potato genetically engineered to resist the late blight that destroyed crops of potatoes in Ireland in the 1840s and 1850s leading to the Irish Potato...
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Feb 27, 2020 · “The conventional varieties farmers have need to be sprayed up to 15 times with fungicides against late blight and other diseases,” Magembe said. “The bioengineered potato doesn’t need any spraying. It is completely resistant to the disease, which means zero pesticide use. This will increase the incomes of the resource-poor farmers.”
A genetically modified potato with improved tuber quality and resistance to the devastating disease late blight has progressed successfully through the latest stage of trials. The field trials follow successful lab experiments to modify Maris Piper potatoes with late blight resistance genes from wild relatives of potato called Solanum americanum and Solanum venturii.
Jun 08, 2010 · A field trial of a genetically modified (GM) variety of potato resistant to "late blight" - a major threat to the crop - has begun in eastern England. The global annual cost of crops lost to the...
Mar 08, 2017 · The EPA and FDA have signed off on three new genetically modified (GMO) potato varieties from J.R. Simplot Company. The introduced genetic material is from wild potato varieties that are resistant to late blight.
Nov 08, 2018 · Simplot has also received approval for two other genetically modified (GMO) potato varieties which are resistant to late blight, the disease that caused the Irish potato famine. They also last longer in storage. As far as we know, the only GMO potatoes being sold for consumption are under the label “White Russet.”
This variety of potatoes is the one which was involved in the Pusztai affair. In 2014, a team of British scientists published a paper about three-year field trial showing that another genetically modified version of the Désirée cultivar can resist infection after exposure to late blight, one of the most serious diseases of potatoes. They developed this potato for blight resistance by inserting a gene (Rpi-vnt1.1), into the DNA of Désirée potatoes.
I’ve written an extensive post on choosing, understanding the terminology and growing potatoes in the past. I’ve also written one listing eight ways of managing potato blight, but as minds turn towards garden centre shelves and catalogues full of seed potatoes, blight resistant varieties can offer a real alternative to spraying.