The United Kingdom's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
(Defra) has approved The Sainsbury Laboratory's application to conduct field
ato> GM potato crops on a designated trial site at the Norwich Research Park
between 2017 and 2021.
The field trials are part of TSL's Potato Partnership Project to develop a
Maris Piper potato that is blight and nematode resistant, bruises less, and
produces less acrylamide when cooked at high temperatures. The project is
funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
with additional funding from BioPotatoes (UK) and Simplot (US).
Professor Jonathan Jones, group leader of the TSL's Jonathan Jones Group
said, "I am delighted that we have approval for the field trials necessary
to test our potato plants in standard field conditions. We anticipate that
the combination of resistance genes we will test this time will be even more
difficult for late blight to overcome than the single gene we previously
field tested, but the proof of the pudding is in the planting."
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