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Genetically modified potato trial near Norwich yields evidence of success

PUBLISHED: 17:09 08 August 2012

GM potato trial at the John Innes Centre in Norwich.
Prof Jonathan Jones with a GM potato plant
picture by Adrian Judd
for EDP Mike Pollitt

GM potato trial at the John Innes Centre in Norwich. Prof Jonathan Jones with a GM potato plant picture by Adrian Judd for EDP Mike Pollitt

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A trial plot of genetically-modified potatoes at Norfolk's John Innes Centre has withstood the worst attack of late blight seen for decades.

Early results from the third year of a GM potato trial at Colney, near Norwich, has shown graphic evidence of success.

Prof Jonathan Jones, group leader at the Sainsbury Laboratory, said that late blight “was wreaking havoc in all the plants that are non-GM.”

Now, the project team plans to submit a report on the trials to the Royal Society’s proceedings journal later this year once the full results have been fully analysed.

The trial involved a total of 192 potato plants in June 2010, which was repeated last year, and again earlier this summer. Prof Jones said that the trial was designed to test the plant’s ability to withstand late potato blight.

- For the full story, see tomorrow’s Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News.

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