DEFRA approves GM potato site in East Yorkshire

DEFRA has given approval for a site in East Yorkshire to be used by BASF for its GM potato trials programme.

The statutory approval is valid until 2011 and BASF will not proceed with trials at the East Yorkshire site this year, but may do so in future years.

In December 2006, DEFRA gave approval to BASF to undertake research trials of a GM disease-resistant potato at a site in Cambridge.

The BASF application for the East Yorkshire site has been evaluated by the independent expert group the Advisory Committee of Releases to the Environment (ACRE).

It is satisfied that trials at this site will not result in any adverse effect on human health or the environment.

The GM potato developed by BASF is resistant to late potato blight.

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