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Irish GM potato trials approved

An application by the Irish agriculture and food development authority, the Teagasc, to conduct trials field trials of genetically modified potatoes resistant to late blight ( Phytophthora infestans) has been approved by the country’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The trials are intended to assess the environmental impacts of the potatoes and will take place at the Teagasc crop research centre in Oak Park, Carlow over the next four years. The Teagasc applied to the EPA in March for permission to run the trials ( Agrow No 635, p22). It is one of 22 partners of the AMIGA (Assessing and Monitoring the Impacts of Genetically modified plants on Agro-ecosystems) consortium that represents 15 EU member states and is funded through the EU’s Framework 7 research programme.

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