Farm Ireland

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Teagasc look to grow GM spuds

Teagasc is applying to the EPA for a licence to grow GM potatoes resistant to potato blight to determine the potential impact of this technology.

If granted approval, Teagasc Oak Park will carry out a four-year trial, along with an outreach programme with stakeholders, featuring focus groups and open days.

GM late-blight-resistant potatoes have the potential to significantly reduce the fungicide load on the environment and provide an economic advantage to farmers, according to Teagasc researcher Dr Ewen Mullins.

However, he said there needed to be more research into how late-blight disease responded to the new technology.

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