Biotech Updates

First Harvest of Amflora in Germany

September 3, 2010

German Federal Minister of Economics and Technology Rainer Brüderle witnessed the first harvest of genetically modified starch potatoes known as Amflora potatoes on a 14-hectare site at the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. He was joined by BASF's Chairman Dr. Jürgen Hambrecht and Dr. Stefan Marcinowski, Member of the Board of BASF's Board of Executive Directors responsible for plant biotechnology.

"Today is a special day for plant biotechnology in Germany. In the future, the technology promises to provide solutions for many challenges that we are facing, for instance providing an ample supply of renewable resources. German industry is playing in the international premier league with these innovative technologies, and we want to remain there," said Minister Brüderle.

Hambrecht announced that BASF has also applied for approval of its second starch potato named Amadea. The high-performing starch potato which produces pure amylopectin starch is expected to be launched in 2013/14.

See BASF's press release at