NewsIndustryFirst Argentine GM Potato to be Released in 2020

First Argentine GM Potato to be Released in 2020


The National Council of Technical and Scientific Research (CONICET) commenced with the registration of the first biotech potato variety in Argentina to the National Seed Institute. CONICET, in partnership with Sidus, developed the biotech potato with resistance to virus Y called SPT TICAR. This new biotech potato variety is expected to provide potato farmers with 10% cost savings, reduction in the use of insecticides, and general improvement of competitiveness across the value chain.

Potato virus Y is a common obstacle of potato farmers in all production zones around the country. Development of TICAR biotech potato started 20 years ago. The developers are currently working on potato varieties with drought tolerance and other virus resistance traits. TICAR potato is expected to be commercially available in Argentina in 2020.

Read the original article from eFarm News Argentina.

Trending This Week

Are Lurking Pathogens Already Wreaking Havoc Below Ground?

Farmers usually feel pretty hopeful about the potential of their crops at the start: the most common comment I hear in early summer is...

Should You Invest in Finetuning? (The Answer Isn’t Always Yes)

Hi! I’m Heather. You might have seen my smiling face show up at your farm, or maybe we’ve crossed paths at a farm show....

Reducing the Wireworm Threat

As a national wireworm research project wraps, growers have more ways to control the pest. When Christine Noronha first started researching wireworms more than a...

Moving Regen Ag from the Pasture to the Potato Field

Work is underway to change the way potato growers think about regenerative agriculture. When the term regenerative agriculture first hit, it was almost strictly in...

Limited Supply Predicted for Processing Spuds

Despite good Canadian potato crop, North American processing market will be tight. After a late start to the growing season, the Canadian potato crop has...