Amflora potatoes, likely to become the first genetically modified crop in the last decade to be approved for growth in Europe, have become the. “Amflora” (EH) is the name used for a potato grade developed by the company BASF Plant Science, whose starch production has been genetically. The European Commission has given the green light to BASF for the commercial application of its genetically modified Amflora potato. By allowing the cultivation.

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Amflora potato

By allowing the cultivation of the genetically modified potato, the European Amfolra now approved the planting of a biotechnology crop for the first time in more than a decade. The BASF potato supresses by means of antisense inhibition of a single gene, coding for a granule-bound starch synthase gbss. Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

Even so – and for the first time – a minority of the scientist on the panel came to differing conclusion then the rest of the panels. This is the first genetically modified GM crop which has been authorised in the EU in 12 years. The New York Times. The construct had first pptato submitted for approval to the Swedish authorities by the company Amylogene in Waxy potato varieties produce two main kinds of potato starch, amylose and amylopectinthe latter of which is most industrially useful.

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The only known additional protein produced by the GM potato is from the neomycin phosphotransferase gene nptIIcoding for a protein giving the plant resistance to the antibiotic kanamycin. This appears to be the first time that another EU authority was asked to provide additional assessments. After two decades of research efforts, [8] BASF’s biotechnologists using genetic engineering succeeded in creating a potato, named “Amflora”, where the gene responsible for the synthesis of amylose had been turned off, thus the potato is unable to synthesize the less desirable amylose.


Amflora potatoes would be processed and sold as starch to industries that prefer waxy potato starch with only amylopectin. Synthetic biology Cloning Stem cell research. List of potato cultivars.

These decisions are not about science but about politics”. Starch is not only used in the foods industry but is also a component of numerous products in the so-called non-food-sector. The GMO Panel had given a positive opinion on Amflora despite its antibiotic resistance because of the the “low usage” level of the antibiotics in question. The annulment of the authorisation for Amflora through the General Court of the EU has no practical relevance in view of the fact that Amflora is no longer cultivated in the EU since Newer varieties of starch-potatoes without an antibiotic resistance gene were tested as well.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Amflora. Views Read Edit View history. Amylose is used to produce paste, adhesives, lubricants, films, building materials, synthetics and other industrial products. Amflora could not be sold within the European Union without approval, and its licence could only be issued after voting at the Council of Ministers of the European Union with a 74 percent threshold of support.

Archived from the original on Genetically Modified Foods I. After a licence was issued on 2 MarchBASF announced its intention to ask for approval of more varieties of genetically modified potatoes, such as the “Fortuna” potato. This is necessary in order to separate the successfully genetically modified seedlings from specimens which do not bear the desired modification. Medical Research involving Minors. Due to lack of acceptance of GM crops in Europe, BASF Plant Science decided in January to stop its commercialization activities in Europe and would no longer sell Amflora there, but it would continue seeking regulatory approval for its products in the Americas and Asia.


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Retrieved 26 February According to the EC, potsto will optimise the production process and allow savings on raw materials, energy, water and oil-based chemicals. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Technical and scientific aspects II.

Its by-products, however, may poato used as feed. Info Potato grade Amflora Potato grade Amflora “Amflora” EH is the name used for a potato grade developed by the company BASF Plant Science, whose starch production has been genetically modified in such a way that it is more suitable for particular industrial purposes.

Biology Genetics Biotechnology Bioethics. Prior to its admission, the GM amylopectin-potato has been examined in the laboratory and in outdoor tests with regards to yield, resistance to vermin and diseases as well as hazards pogato humans, animals and the environment. The critics fear an unforeseeable transmission of this gene to soil bacteria and eventually an unintended resistance against antibiotics in humans. Retrieved from ” https: It also plans to seek authorisation of two more genetically modified potatoes.

The biggest German field trial with Amflora, covering a highly secured area of 20 hectares, took place in Mecklenburg-Hither Pomerania in News Newsroom Top stories Contacts. The reasons given were the lack of acceptance in politics as well as in the general population and fear of new attacks on open field trials by opponents of genetic engineering.

EU authorized BASF’s Starch-potato

Animal Experiments in Research. Research with Human Embryonic Stem Cells. Amflora is intended only for industrial applications such as papermaking and other technical applications.