BASF seeks approval for new amylopectin potato
BASF has applied to the European Food Safety Authority for food, feed and cultivation approval for its second genetically modified amylopectin potato variety, Amadea. The company says that field trials have demonstrated the agronomic benefits and safety of Amadea. It expects to launch Amadea in 2013/14. Unlike BASF’s first GM amylopectin variety, Amflora, Amadea does not express an antibiotic resistance marker ( Agrow No 590, p 9), but incorporates an imidazolinone herbicide tolerance gene. It may therefore prove less controversial. The new potato is intended for food use, and BASF is working with partners from the food industry to evaluate potential applications. Initially, Amadea would complement Amflora, which is for industrial use, but then take over as BASF’s main amylopectin starch potato line.