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India develops high protein potatoes

Scientists from India’s National Institute of Plant Genome Research have developed high-protein potatoes using genetic modification. The potato tubers, produced using a technique called proteome rebalancing, express a seed protein, AmA1 (Amaranth albumin 1). They produce up to 60% more protein, 3 g/100 g cooked tuber weight compared with 1.9 g/100g, than their conventional counterparts, as well as increased amounts of essential amino acids. Overall tuber yield is also increased.



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