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EU scientists developing GM potato

January 5, 2009  By Marg Land


lateblighttuberJanuary 5, 2009 – With the recent introduction of a new virulent strain
of potato blight in Europe, potato researchers in Ireland are
investigating the use of genetic modification to develop a blight
resistant potato variety.

January 5, 2009 – With the recent introduction of a new virulent strain of potato blight in Europe, potato researchers in Ireland are investigating the use of genetic modification to develop a blight resistant potato variety.

lateblighttuberAccording to a recent article in The Times (United Kingdom), researchers with Teagasc’s research facility in County Carlow are hoping to create a potato variety that will only require a maximum of four fungicide sprays per year opposed to the current 12 sprays farmers are required to apply.

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