U.K. approves field trials of disease, pest resistant GMO potato with low acrylamide

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Defra has given the green light for a series of GM potato field trials by the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norfolk.

The laboratory will conduct field trials of GM potato crops on a designated trial site at the Norwich Research Park between 2016 and 2019.

The trials are part of a project to develop a Maris Piper potato that is blight and nematode resistant, bruises less and produces less acrylamide when cooked at high temperatures.

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Jonathan Jones of the Sainsbury Laboratory said: “I am delighted that we have approval for the field trials necessary to test our potato plants in standard field conditions.

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Prof Jones said scientists hoped to determine whether genes provided pest and disease resistance without a reliance on agricultural inputs, in an open air trial.

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