Amflora potatoes, likely to become the first genetically modified crop in the last decade to be approved for growth in Europe, have become the. “Amflora” (EH) is the name used for a potato grade developed by the company BASF Plant Science, whose starch production has been genetically. The European Commission has given the green light to BASF for the commercial application of its genetically modified Amflora potato. By allowing the cultivation.

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Search on “Think Tank”. Technical and scientific aspects II. Archived from the original on This is the first genetically modified GM crop which has been authorised in the EU in 12 years.

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Transgen in German GM potatoes. This is necessary in order to separate the successfully genetically modified seedlings from specimens which do not bear the desired modification.

Roughly one quarter of all potatoes grown in Europe is already used for non-food industrial purposes, another half for animal feed and only one quarter for human consumption, which has declined consistently since the s.

BASF, the company which sought authorisation, is planning to plant several hundred hectares of this potato in Germany, the Czech Republic, Sweden and the Netherlands. After a comprehensive authorisation procedure, including favourable scientific opinions, the European Commission EC approved cultivation of the Amflora starch potato on 2 March Waxy potato varieties produce two main kinds of potato starch, amylose and amylopectinthe latter of which is most industrially useful.

Amflora: BASF’s Starch-potato

Gene therapy Genetic enhancement. Amfloora industrial processing this has the advantage that the starch fractions don’t need to be separated in the production process. Decreased amylose production, increased kanamycin resistance.


Prior to its admission, the GM amylopectin-potato has been examined in the laboratory and in outdoor tests with regards to yield, resistance to vermin and diseases as well as hazards for humans, animals and the environment. In Europe, approximately half of the processed starch stems from potatoes. It also announced it pktato planting ha in the Czech Republic “for commercial aims with an unnamed partner. It also contains an antibiotic resistance gene as marker.

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From A to Z Complete websites list. Amflora is intended only for industrial applications such as papermaking and other technical applications. Newer varieties of starch-potatoes without an antibiotic resistance gene were tested as well. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Roundup ready soybean Vistive Gold. Publication type Briefing Policy area Food Safety. Starch is not only used in the foods industry but is also a component of numerous products in the so-called non-food-sector. From A to Z: Sign up for email updates Facebook Twitter Parliament on Facebook.

The Amflora potato has been modified to contain antisense against the enzyme that drives synthesis of amylose, namely granule bound starch synthase. The GMO Panel had given a positive opinion on Amflora despite its antibiotic resistance because of the the “low usage” level of the antibiotics in question. The critics fear an unforeseeable transmission of this gene to soil bacteria and eventually an unintended resistance against antibiotics in humans. Finally, the medical community is concerned about increasing antibiotic resistance, and in the EU adopted a law which called for withdrawal to genes that are resistant to antibiotics, which can threaten human health and the environment.

According to the EC, it will optimise the production process and allow savings on raw materials, energy, water and oil-based chemicals.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Amflora. Retrieved 26 February Nevertheless, in a second assessment the GMO panel together with the Biohazard panel came to the conclusion that they still saw no reasons for concern.

The biggest German field trial with Amflora, covering a highly secured area of 20 hectares, took place in Mecklenburg-Hither Pomerania in The construct had first been submitted for approval to the Swedish authorities by the company Amylogene in These decisions are not about science but about politics”.


The reasons given were the lack of acceptance in politics as well as in the general population and ppotato of new attacks on open field trials by opponents of genetic engineering. amflpra

Info Potato grade Amflora Potato grade Amflora “Amflora” EH is the name used for a potato grade developed by the company BASF Plant Science, whose starch production has been genetically modified in such a way that it is more suitable for particular industrial purposes.

Meanwhile, critics point to the dangers which, according to their view, are connected with the cultivation of the genetically modified potato grade. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In its verdict, the General Court complained poatto the EU Commission failed to submit the latest EFSA statement to the responsible committees before authorising the cultivation of Amflora.

After a licence was issued on 2 MarchBASF announced its intention to ask for approval of more varieties of genetically modified potatoes, such as the “Fortuna” potato. Archived from the original PDF on Views Read Edit View history.

EU authorized BASF’s Starch-potato

Gene knockout Gene knockdown Gene targeting. Only three years later, however, in Decemberthe General Court of the European Union declared the approval invalid due to procedural errors. List of potato cultivars. The BASF potato supresses by means of antisense inhibition of a single gene, coding for a granule-bound starch synthase gbss. In the course of the approval procedure for Amflora, EFSA had issued several statements all of which concluded that the potato grade poses no hazards either for human or animal health or for the environment.