Crop Biotech Update

GM Potato Trials to Continue in Europe

April 13, 2012

BASF revealed that it will continue its GM potato trials this year on less than one hectare on sites in Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands. The announcement was published despite a decision made in January to transfer BASF's GM research from Germany to the United States. BASF said that it would carry on trials of crops undergoing the European Union approvals process.

Peter Eckes, president of BASF Plant Science, said that they will continue the approval processes which are already underway and the production of seed material for such purposes. "BASF is convinced that plant biotechnology is a technology of the future," he added.

This year's trials will include the starch potato Modena and blight-resistant Fortuna. The trials will be conducted in Saxony-Anhalt in Germany, in the provinces of Skane and Halland in Sweden, and the provinces of Gelderland, Drenthe and Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands.

Read the press release at http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/05/us-germany-gmo-basf-idUSBRE8340Y120120405.