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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In Europe, approximately half of the processed starch stems from potatoes. Starch is not only used in the foods industry but is also a component of numerous products in the so-called non-food-sector.

Amflora – Wikipedia

Conventional potatoes contain two different grades of starch, amylopectin and amylose; the GM potato grade Amflora, however, develops only the amylopectin starch. While both ingredients are important for human nutrition, for many technical applications, such as the paper- yarn- and glue industry, only amylopectin is needed.

According to its manufacturer, Amflora is a safe product, which offers a broad application spectrum and helps to safe both energy and costs since an expensive separation of the starch blend can be avoided. Meanwhile, critics point to the dangers which, according to their view, are connected with the cultivation of the genetically modified potato grade.


Amflora potato

A gene was added to Amflora, which renders the plants resistant against the antibiotics kanamycin and neomycin. This is necessary in order to separate the successfully genetically modified seedlings from specimens which do not amfpora the desired modification. The critics fear an unforeseeable transmission of this gene to soil bacteria and eventually an unintended resistance against antibiotics in humans.

Prior to its admission, the GM amylopectin-potato potaho been examined in the laboratory and in outdoor tests with regards to yield, resistance to vermin and diseases as well as hazards for humans, animals and the environment. The biggest German field trial with Amflora, covering a highly secured area of 20 hectares, took place in Mecklenburg-Hither Pomerania in On March 2,after potto approval procedure which lasted 13 years, the EU Commission authorised the cultivation of Amflora for the production of industrial starch and animal feed the GM potato was never intended for food use.

Only three years later, however, in Decemberthe General Court of the European Union declared the approval invalid due to procedural errors. Two committees consisting of representatives of the Member States support the EU Commission in making its decisions.

In the course of the approval procedure for Amflora, EFSA had issued several statements all of which concluded that the potato grade poses no hazards either for human or animal health or for the environment.


In its verdict, the General Court complained that the EU Commission failed to submit the latest EFSA statement to the responsible committees before authorising the cultivation of Amflora. The annulment of the authorisation for Amflora through the General Court of the EU has no practical relevance in view of the fact that Amflora is no longer cultivated in the EU since The reasons given were the lack of acceptance in politics as well as in the general population and fear of new attacks on open field trials by opponents of genetic engineering.

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Amflora: BASF’s Starch-potato

Info Potato grade Amflora Potato grade Amflora “Amflora” EH is the name used for a potato grade developed by the company BASF Plant Science, whose maflora production has been genetically modified in such a way that it is more suitable for particular industrial purposes.

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