Tuesday 17 October 2017

Potatoes in GM trial show no signs of blight

THE first genetically modified potatoes sown in a controversial trial have been found to be blight free.

However, researchers at the State body Teagasc cautioned it was "early days" in a four-year study of the potatoes which were altered to improve resistance to late potato blight.

Teagasc planted 24 GM plants alongside traditional potato plants in a 10-metre by 10-metre outdoor plot in Oak Park, Co Carlow, in August.

"The GM plants are showing no signs of blight and growing quite well," a spokesman for Teagasc confirmed.

Six days after the plants were sown outdoors, blight was discovered and had progressed through the non-GM plants.

Irish Independent

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