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The Potato Gene Engineering NEtwork (PotatoGENE) was created by a group of scientists involved in the research, production, assessment and regulation of transgenic potatoes in developing countries.
The goal of Potatogene is to share and provide information on the development and use of transgenic potato varieties for the benefit of resource-poor farmers in developing countries.
It aims also in providing regulations, intellectual property rights, biosafety and public concerns information related to gene technology for potato.


December 15, 2010 
Biotech potato reduces disease incidence and seed import in Bangladesh
Bangladesh Government and private initiatives are working to produce breeder, foundation and certified seeds free from viruses and other diseases through meristem culture in around 20 biotech labs in universities, research institutes, and private companies. The central bank is allocating fund on this project and it is expected that Bangladesh will be self sufficient in seed potato in 10 years time.
Likewise, Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute has also developed late blight resistant RB potato using its own cultivars in 2006 in collaboration with Wisconsin University and Indonesian University which are currently under glasshouse and field trial.

December 5, 2010 
EMBRAPA is launching to the market its newly developed potato cultivar BRS Clara which has resistance to the late blight disease
The cultivar was developed by the Breeding Program of Embrapa Potato led by Arione Pereira. In addition to its late blight resistance, the new cultivar has a desirable tuber appearance and comparable yield with imported and locally developed potatoes.

March 8, 2010 
European Commission approves Amflora starch potato
The European Commission approved the commercialization of BASF's Amflora starch potato for commercial application in Europe. The European Food Safety Authority confirmed on several occasions during the approval process that Amflora is safe for humans, animals and the environment.

March 4, 2010 
Potato with dual resistance resistance to powdery scab and black dot
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service in Washington State University are being testing five advanced potato breeding lines that had been developed from a wild species from Mexico, Solanum hougasii, and a recent commercial release, Summit Russet. These lines will be made available as seed for use in breeding programs aimed at developing the first commercial varieties with dual resistance to the fungal disease.

January 18, 2010 
Resistance of genetically modified potatoes to PVY was evaluated under field conditions in Brazil
Genetically modified potatoes were compared with nontransformed plants of the same cultivar. Stable expression of resistance to PVY was obtained in genetically modified clones of potato plants cultivar Achat under field conditions, during three consecutive years.

  January 14, 2010 
First CD Catalogue of Potato Varieties and Advanced Clones
The International Potato Center (CIP) just released its first CD Catalogue of Potato Varieties and Advanced Clones. Now, breeders, researchers, and producers can browse an online/CD catalogue, describing 170 advanced clones and 25 varieties developed at CIP, all of which are currently available for worldwide distribution.

  January 12, 2010 
British researchers develop GM nematode resistant potato {{color:#008100}}
Initial results with a new GM nematode resistant potato under field conditions has been successful. Researchers at Leeds University said: "That would save British growers more than £40 million a year".
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  March 20, 2009 
Plastic from GM potatoes  
The University of Rostock has developed a genetically modified potato. Tubers and leaves of this potatoes produce cyanophycin, which can be used to obtain a biodegradable plastic. Now researchers are using the potatoes as a model plant to test in the field to what extent plants can be used as safe production systems for bioplastics

August 26, 2008 
Launching the Peruvian Biosafety Clearing-House  
Yesterday (August 25, 2008), the Peruvian Environment Ministry carried out the launch of the National Biosafety Clearing-House (CIISB). This project has been implemented with the support of the PNUMA-FMAM.
The CIISB will facilitate access to biosafety information for public in general and will help to involved people in making decisions.
Now, it is available at :

 April 12, 2008 
Producers see commercial opportunity for amylopectin starch from the GM Amflora potato
Leading European starch producers confirm their interests in amylopectin starch obtained from the genetically modified (GM) potato Amflora and they are calling on the European Commission to approve Amflora for commercial cultivation in Europe. Amflora was evaluated by The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) who declared that BASF's Amflora line is as safe as non-GM potatoes with regard to its effects on the environment.

 March 25, 2008 
Cusco potato conference looks to food of the future
A landmark meeting of leading scientists aims at honing strategies for more productive, profitable and sustainable potato-based systems.
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March 14, 2008 
Amflora potato, a genetically modified variety, will not be cultivated in the EU this year
The decision to cultivate the Amflora potato this year in EU has been delayed because it was unable to find support from a qualified majority of ministerial representatives of Member States in the European Council. This variety has been developed by BASF for industrial uses.

January 25, 2008 
InternationalPotato Center send seeds to Global Seed Vault (SGSV) to be safeguarded for the humanity
Seeds of the CGIAR collections (including IRRI, CIAT, CIMMYT, IITA and CIP) will be shipped at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (SGSV), a facility near the Arctic Circle, capable of preserving their vitality for thousands of years.

December 5,2007 
New potato Center in China to help golbal research in agriculture 
China will soon set up a potato research center for the Asia-Pacific region. The move shows the world's biggest producer and consumer of the tuber is committed to spending more on global agricultural research. The new center will be part of Peru-based International Potato Center, one of 15 under the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Most of the 15 centers were set up in the 1960s and 1970s with funds from industrialized countries.

November 29,2007
Geneticists fight potato blankleg disease
British geneticists have identified a specific gene that, if inactivated in the bacterium Erwinia carotovora, impedes a plant disease called blackleg. Blackleg is an economically damaging agricultural disease that affects a wide range of crops, including carrots, tomatoes and onions but it is best known for causing soft rot in potatoes by producing an enzyme that breaks down the host's cell walls.

October 29,2007
Report of Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Food Derived from Biotechnology
Summary and conclusions of "The Seventh Session of the Codex ad hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods Derived from Biotechnology". This report will be considered by the 31st Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Geneva, Switzerland, 30 June-5 July 2008)
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July 5,2007
Second issue of Biosafety Protocol News (BPN)
This issue tackles the experiences and perspectives about the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

January 5,2007
New website for GM potato news
This Blog gives the most recent news and press releases related to GM potato research, trial field and cultivation.

November 20,2006
New Report on Ecological impacts of genetically modified crops
This study from the public sector and funded by the Swiss government relates experiences from ten years of experimental field research and commercial cultivation of GM crops. It concludes that there is no scientific evidence of damages to the environment rather benefits which vary from crop to crop and trait to trait.
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October 16,2006
Inaugural issue of Biosafety Protocol News (BPN)
It has been developed as part of the Secretariat's awareness and outreach efforts under its outreach strategy for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Global Initiative on Communication, Education and Public awareness of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide a medium to exchange information and news regarding efforts to implement and promote awareness of the Protocol. The newsletter will also serve as platform for Governments and relevant stakeholders to share experiences and lessons learned, highlight ongoing partnerships and cooperation,and showcase their capacity-building projects and activities.
Read the first issue

August 18,2006
Are Andean Farmers ready for GM potatoes?
A report on the "Potential adoption and management of insect-resistant potato in Peru, and implications for genetically engineered potato" in a recent issue of Environmental Biosafety Research, survey farmers in major potato producing areas of Peru and analyze important issues surrounding the possible adoption of the GM crop in the country.
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March 23rd,2006
Syngenta's patent on technology to prohibit sprouting of potatoes
Indigenous farmers in Peru have pleaded with Syngenta to publicly abandon its patent on "terminator" technology to control sprouting potatoes.
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March 12th,2006
GM potato with modified starch content
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has agreed that a GM potato with an altered starch composition produced by BASF poses no threat to human health. 
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  1. Sep 27, 2006


    Necesito exportar papa a Europa urgente, quisiera conectarme con alguien y saber como hacerlo como hago???? Por favor respondanme a