UpdateBASF plans to start commercial cultivation of GM potato in 2010

02 March 2010 13:23  [Source: ICIS news]

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LONDON (ICIS news)--BASF will begin growing its genetically modified starch potato, Amflora, for commercial applications in Europe after the European Commission granted cultivation approval, the German chemical producer said on Monday.

The potato could now be used for the production of industrial starch, BASF said.

"After waiting for more than 13 years, we are delighted that the European Commission has approved Amflora," said Stefan Marcinowski, member of the board of executive directors of BASF.

“We hope that this decision is a milestone for further innovative products that will promote a competitive and sustainable agriculture in Europe,” he added.

"The way is now clear for commercial cultivation of Amflora this year," said Peter Eckes, president of BASF plant science.

"Amflora will strengthen the international position of the European potato starch industry," Eckes added.

The Amflora approval process was initiated more than 13 years ago with the request for authorisation submitted by BASF in August 1996.

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