Amflora potatoes, likely to become the first genetically modified crop in the last decade to be approved for growth in Europe, have become the. “Amflora” (EH) is the name used for a potato grade developed by the company BASF Plant Science, whose starch production has been genetically. The European Commission has given the green light to BASF for the commercial application of its genetically modified Amflora potato. By allowing the cultivation.
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It was approved for industrial applications in the European Union on 2 March by the European Commission.
EU authorized BASF’s Starch-potato
It also announced it was planting ha in the Czech Republic “for commercial aims with an unnamed partner.
Due to lack of acceptance of GM crops in Europe, BASF Plant Science decided in January to stop its commercialization activities in Europe and would no longer sell Amflora there, but it would continue seeking regulatory approval potati its products in the Americas and Asia.
Waxy potato varieties produce two main kinds of potato starch, amylose and amylopectinthe latter of which is most industrially useful. The Amflora potato has been modified to contain antisense against the enzyme that drives synthesis of amylose, namely granule bound starch synthase. Regular potato starch contains two constituent types of molecules: After two decades of research efforts,  BASF’s biotechnologists using genetic engineering succeeded in creating a potato, named “Amflora”, where the amf,ora responsible for the synthesis of amylose had been turned off, thus the potato is unable to synthesize the less desirable amylose.
Amflora potatoes would be processed and sold as starch to industries that prefer waxy potato starch with only amylopectin.
Amflora – Wikipedia
Amflora is intended only for industrial applications such as papermaking and other technical applications. Various environmental organizationssuch as Greenpeacedisagreed with the introduction of the Amflora genetically modified potato into the market.
The lengthy approval process frustrated some supporters of the potato. These decisions are not about science but about politics”. Amflora could not be sold within the European Union without approval, and its licence could only be issued after voting at the Council of Ministers of the European Union with a 74 percent threshold of support.
Two rounds of voting were held, first by experts in December and then by the agricultural ministers in Julybut both failed to reach the 74 percent threshold.
Although the voting was by secret ballotThe New York Times reported that Amflora was supported by the agricultural ministers of Germany and Belgiumand was opposed by the agricultural ministers of ItalyIrelandand Austriawhile the agricultural ministers of France and Bulgaria abstained from voting.
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