Argentina approves GMO virus-resistant potato expected to save farmers $45 million annually

| | October 23, 2019
potato tubers affected by pvy
Potato infected with Virus Y. Image: WSU
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After being de-regulated [in] August 2018, the National Council of Technical and Scientific Research (CONICET) [began] the formal process [of registering] 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 the potato virus Y.

[T]his new technology will provide potato farmers with a 10% saving cost, a total savings of around 40-45 million dollars, lower use of insecticides and a general improvement of competitiveness across the value chain.

Read full, original article: The first Argentine GMO potato almost ready to be launched in 2020

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