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GM potato three years from launch in Colombia

Researchers from the Colombian Corporación para Investigaciones Biológicas (CIB - Medellin) claim that a genetically modified insect-resistant potato will become available to the country’s growers pending registration within three years, general manager of the Biotechnology news service, the Agro-Bio, Maria Andrea Uscátegui says. The potato is resistant to Guatemala potato tuber moths (Tecia solanivora Povolny). The Agro-Bio reports that further Colombian companies and other researchers are developing GM crops in the country. The Colombia-based International centre for tropical agriculture, the Ciat, is carrying out research on rice and sugar cane, the Colombian university, the Universidad Nacional, is seeking to develop GM maize, rice and potatoes. But the most progressed product is the CIB’s GM potato, which has reached limited field trial stage, the Agro-Bio manager says. Furthermore, more Colombian regions are interested in approving the use of GM crops, following use of the technology by two further departments last year.

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