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Crop Biotech Update

Video: Uganda's GMO Potato Story

May 30, 2018

The Cornell Alliance for Science released a video documenting the story of GM potato development in Uganda. It shows how farmers in Uganda frequently apply fungicides to protect their potato crops from the devastating late blight disease (LBD), which can ruin the entire harvest. Ugandan scientists have used the tools of genetic engineering to make a popular potato variety, the Victoria, resistant to LBD — reducing the need for fungicides. But Uganda's politicians must approve the nation's long-awaited biosafety bill before small-holder farmers can benefit from this innovative new crop.

Watch the video from Cornell Alliance for Science.