After being de-regulated during August 2018, the National Council of Technical and Scientific Research (CONICET) last week started the formal process to register the first transgenic potato cultivar in Argentina in the National Seed Institute’s register.
In partnership with biotechnological company Sidus, the CONICET developed a potato with resistance to virus Y, called SPT TICAR.
CEO of the Grupo Sidus, Marcelo Arguelles says that this new technology will provide potato farmers with a 10% saving cost, a total saving around 40/45 million dollars, and lower use of insecticides.
The Potato Virus Y (PVY) is present in all the production zones of the country. The presence of this virus obligates farmers to acquire potato seed each season.
“Farmers will able to save their own potato to use as seed during the next three or four campaigns”, says the manager of Tecnoplant (a company of the Sidus Group) Gustavo Napolitano.
The TICAR project started twenty years ago. Now, the partners are developing two new GMO products: a potato with drought tolerance, and another with various virus resistance traits.
The goal of the company is to launch the TICAR potato next year.