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Crop Biotech Update

DEFRA Approves The Sainsbury Laboratory's Application for Potato Field Trials

May 11, 2016

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has approved The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL), Norwich's application to conduct field trials of GM potato crops on a designated trial site at the Norwich Research Park between 2016 and 2020.

The field trials are part of the TSL's Potato Partnership Project to develop a Maris Piper potato that is blight and nematode resistant, bruises less and produces less acrylamide when cooked at high temperatures.

Professor Jonathan Jones, senior scientist at TSL, said: "I am delighted that we have approval for the field trials necessary to test our potato plants in standard field conditions. We will spend the rest of this year making sure we can get the desired traits into Maris Piper plants and plan to conduct field trials from next year onwards."

For more details, read the news release at the TSL website.