GMO

The quest to engineer the perfect potato

Super spuds are coming. A genetically modified potato that could resist destructive blight, defend itself against parasitic worms, avoid bruising, and cut down on the accumulation of a suspected carcinogen during cooking would be worth many billions of dollars per year to potato producers across the world. It could also serve as a model technology for addressing issues that affect many[Read[Read More…]

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GM Maris Piper project wins £841k

A project to develop a genetically-modified Maris Piper potato that will be resistant to two common diseases has won £841,000 in funding. Known as the TSL Potato Partnership Project, the new GM potato will be resistant to late potato blight and potato cyst nematodes. It will also contain lower levels of reducing sugars and asparagine, and it will be less prone to bruise[Read[Read More…]

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Scientist mom evaluates Simplot’s GMO Innate potato

This article was originally published under the title “A Look at the Innate Potato” in FrankenFoodFacts, a blog by Layla Katiraee, who holds a Ph.D. in molecular genetics from the University of Toronto and is a senior scientist in product development at a biotech company in California. Read article You are unauthorized to view this page.

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GMO potatoes: A solution to key production challenges?

Are there solutions anywhere on the horizon to any of the the most serious pest and disease problems in potato production? According to Dr Phil Nolte, xtension seed potato specialist, University of Idaho, the answer is a qualified yes. “We have the siren call of the ever-developing and ever-improving science of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Yes, I know, the U.S. potato[Read[Read More…]

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USDA opens public comment period on GM potato

The U.S. Department of Agriculture opened a public comment period on Saturday as they consider whether or not to approve a genetically modified potato that has a number of attractive characteristics. The potato in question was developed by J.R. Simplot Company. It was engineered to be resistant to late blight, and has reduced black spot bruising, says the USDA. It[Read[Read More…]

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USDA opens its evaluation of another GE potato variety to the public

USDA moved another variety of genetically engineered potatoes developed by J.R. Simplot Company forward in its approval process, the agency announced on Friday. The potato, a Russet Burbank variety, is genetically engineered for late blight resistance, reduced black spot bruising, and lowered reducing sugars. They are also engineered to produce less acrylamide, a potential carcinogen. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health[Read[Read More…]

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Colombia develops genetically modified potato

The Corporation for Biological Research (CIB) in Medellin is developing a potato that is resistant to the Guatemala moth, and that could be available to producers in about three years’ time. We spoke with María Andrea Uscátegui, Executive Director of Agro-Bio, who stressed the benefits of this technology in the field of protection against pests, resistance to herbicides, savings in[Read[Read More…]

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Research: Fighting the Colorado potato beetle with RNA

Colorado potato beetles are a dreaded pest of potatoes all over the world. Since they do not have natural enemies in most potato producing regions, farmers try to control them with pesticides. However, this strategy is often ineffective because the pest has developed resistances against nearly all insecticides. Now, scientists from the Max Planck Institutes of Molecular Plant Physiology in[Read[Read More…]

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GM food is natural: ‘Foreign DNA’ in sweet potatoes suggests plants genetically modify themselves

Genetically engineering plants and crops to change their DNA has been a cause of much controversy in recent years. But new research has found that Mother Nature might be making its own GM food, as sweet potatoes have been found to genetically modify themselves. And this seems to have been occurring for thousands of years, meaning humans have been unknowingly eating GM[Read[Read More…]

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Swiss authorities give green light for GM potato trial

The Federal Office for the Environment in Switzerland says scientists can carry out crop trials involving genetically modified (GM) potatoes that are resistant to the vegetable’s biggest threat – late blight – at a site near Zurich. It announced on Tuesday that teams from the Agroscope research centre would be allowed to start planting the potatoes from next week at its site[Read[Read More…]

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A potato made with gene editing

Dan Voytas is a plant geneticist at the University of Minnesota. His newest creation, described in a plant journal this month, is a Ranger Russet potato that doesn’t accumulate sweet sugars at typical cold storage temperatures. That will let it last longer, and when it’s fried it won’t produce as much acrylamide, a suspected carcinogen. What’s different about the potato is that[Read[Read More…]

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UK: GM ‘super potato’ trials scheduled after general election due to public sensitivity

Scientists are developing a genetically modified “super spud” free of fungal diseases and other pest problems, as well as being potentially healthier than conventionally grown potatoes. Field trials are expected to be announced in June after the general election because of the public sensitivity of the research, which is expected to be vociferously opposed by anti-GM campaigners. More You are[Read More…]

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New research: Consumers willing to spend more for biotech potato products

New research from an Iowa State University economist found consumers were willing to spend more for genetically modified potato products with reduced levels of a chemical compound linked to cancer. Wallace Huffman, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences who contributed to the project, said the findings underscore the importance of efforts to educate consumers on the use[Read[Read More…]

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Transparency is key to future success of GM potatoes

Acccording to Peter VanderZaag, potato farmer and scientist from Ontario in Canada, growers in the US and Canada would be likely to grow Innate, Simplot’s new GM potato, but until consumer perceptions change, valuable new technologies that reduce waste and increase health benefits will remain underutilized, even though they are much needed in the developing world. He believes there is a significant gap between[Read[Read More…]

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GM potato research the Irish way

Ewan Mullins is the Teagasc scientist in charge of an Irish potato trial talks about the effect of an EU decision to let member states ban EU-approved genetically modified crops. He is in charge of the only trial of genetically modified crops in Ireland. This is an EU research project, across 15 countries, studying GM potatoes’ potential resistance to blight. Full[Read[Read More…]

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Simplot GMO potatoes kept in ‘closed loop’

The J.R. Simplot Co. plans to keep its GMO potato in a “closed-loop” system while it builds industry acceptance, a company representative says. The system will ensure the potatoes don’t go outside controlled farms or anywhere else by accident, said Kerwin Bradley, director of commercialization for Simplot. Seed grown by Simplot on controlled farms will go only to licensed growers.[Read[Read More…]

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US: GMO potato seeks FDA approval, opponents say safety risks remain

A new genetically modified potato is closer than ever to arriving in American grocery stores, but while advocates claim it can actually reduce the risk of cancer, opponents say not nearly enough is known to ensure public safety. Created by the J. R. Simplot Company, ‘Innate’ potatoes were created by inserting extra genes into them – genes that are modified[Read[Read More…]

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Will new Innate potato, with no ‘foreign’ DNA, satisfy anti-GMO critics?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in November approved for commercial planting a potato genetically engineered to have reduced bruising and browning—unsightly blemishes that lower the value of potatoes. The potato, developed by the potato giant J.R. Simplot in Boise, Idaho, is dubbed Innate as it contains only elements from sexually compatible, wild potato relatives, and employs RNA interference (RNAi)[Read[Read More…]

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GMO potatoes have arrived. But will anyone buy them?

On the face of it, the new potato varieties called “Innate” seem attractive. If you peel the brown skin off their white flesh, you won’t find many unsightly black spots. And when you fry them, you’ll probably get a much smaller dose of a potentially harmful chemical. But here’s the catch: Some of the biggest potato buyers in the country,[Read[Read More…]

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Comment Today on the next Genetically Engineered Potato

There’s always a little catch-up to do when coming out of the Holiday season. Back in December, the USDA public comment period opened up for a next-generation transgenic potato variety developed by Simplot. The previous Simplot “Generation 1 Innate” potato, which reduced browning, acrylamide, and bruising, was approved by the USDA in November last year. Back in 2013, we conducted[Read[Read More…]

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Comment Today on the next Genetically Engineered Potato

Back in December, the USDA public comment period opened up for a next-generation transgenic potato variety developed by Simplot. The previous Simplot “Generation 1 Innate” potato, which reduced browning, acrylamide, and bruising, was approved by the USDA in November last year. Now they have another potato variety with more traits – Generation 2 Innate – which takes the traits of Generation[Read[Read More…]

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GM potatoes gather pace in USA

Genetically modified potatoes are gaining momentum in the USA, with new varieties more resistant to bruising and late blight. US company Simplot has recently received approval for generation-one innate potatoes. It is predicted to have the potential to save 400m pounds of potato waste each year in the USA, while also reducing acrylamide, a substance found in a number of[Read[Read More…]

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Ireland: Teagasc GMO potato trials focus on addressing long-term agriculture issues

The ongoing GMO study on potatoes at Teagasc Oak Park is focussed on addressing many of the persistent questions that exist in regard to dealing with the evolving tillage challenge associated with late blight attack, according to research scientist Dr Ewen Mullins. “As expected the GM cultivar continues to demonstrate resistance against late blight attack but the important question is[Read[Read More…]

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Prediction: McDonald’s will adopt eco-friendly GMO potato

On Friday, November 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture cleared the path to commercialization for a “genetically modified” potato developed by J.R. Simplot. This is big. This is very big. It’s big for a host of reasons, but at the top of the list is one: French fries. Some news stories have reported that McDonald’s won’t be buying Simplot’s[Read[Read More…]

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