First Argentine GM potato to be released in 2020

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AFTER being de-regulated during August 2018, the National Council of Technical and Scientific Research (CONICET) started last week the formal process to register the first transgenic potato cultivar in Argentina in the National Seed Institute’s register. In partnership with biotechnological company Sidus, the CONICET developed a potato with resistance to the virus Y, called SPT TICAR.

The development was formally presented in December 2018 with the presence of the ministry of Agriculture. Livestock, and Fisheries, Miguel Etchevehere; the secretary of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao and the CEO of the Grupo Sidus, Marcelo Arguelles.

Arguelles remarked that this new technology will provide potato farmers