Bioengineered Late Blight Resistant Potato to Benefit 300,000 Smallholder Farmers in UgandaMarch 4, 2020
In Uganda, stakeholders working on the new bioengineered late blight resistant potato dubbed as the "3R Victoria" are confident of its wide adoption. The yet to be released potato could help 300,000 smallholder farmers in Uganda achieve higher yields at lower production costs and less exposure to chemicals. The stakeholders estimate 40-50% adoption rate for the new variety after its release.
Studies conducted by the International Potato Center (CIP) and National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO) scientists since 2015 have confirmed that 3R Victoria potato is completely resistant to late blight disease and safe for human consumption and the environment.
Dr. Marc Ghislain, senior biotechnologist at CIP and cluster leader for CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas said, "An estimated adoption rate of 40 to 50% represents a strong evidence that farmers in this country want to have access to these late blight resistant potatoes and will benefit from them in multiple ways."
For more details, read the CIP article.
You might also like:
- Most Complete Potato Genome Sequence Published
- GM Potato Shows Improved Colorado Potato Beetle Resistance
- Uganda's First Field Observation of GM Potato Shows Extreme Resistance to Late Blight
Biotech Updates is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a not-for-profit organization. It is distributed for free to over 22,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
News from Around the World
- Global Study Reveals Next-Gen Consumers and Farmers Share Hopes for Future of Food and Farming
- Bioengineered Late Blight Resistant Potato to Benefit 300,000 Smallholder Farmers in Uganda
- Give Us GMOs as We Wait for Biosafety Law-Uganda's Local Government Officials
- Agri-biotech Information Resources Now Available in Filipino, Cebuano, and Ilocano
- South Australian Government Stands By Decision to Allow GM Crops
- ISAAA and SEARCA Continue 20-Year Commitment for Agri-Biotech in Southeast Asia
- Two GM Soybeans to Stay in the Market After EFSA Re-Evaluation
- Gene for Stem Rust Resistance in Wheat Solves Decades-Old Genomic Mystery
- Heterotrimeric G Protein Involved in Regulating Multiple Agronomic Traits in Rice
- CRISPR-Cas9 Used to Increase Rice Resistance to Abiotic Stresses
Read the latest:
- Biotech Updates (November 29, 2023)
- Gene Editing Supplement (November 29, 2023)
- Gene Drive Supplement (February 22, 2023)
Subscribe to BU: