Two Blades Foundation partners with Simplot and Sainsbury Laboratories to advance potato disease resistance
March 10, 2016
The Two Blades Foundation (2Blades) announced a research partnership between 2Blades, The Sainsbury Laboratory, and J. R. Simplot Company to develop potato varieties with increased resistance to oomycete and bacterial diseases.
Bangladeshi scientists seek regulatory approval for a GMO potato resistant to late blight
February 07, 2016
Scientists in Bangladesh (BARI) have successfully field-tested a genetically modified (GMO) potato resistant to late blight, one of the most devastating potato diseases. Once the regulatory trial is over in February, they will apply for release of the variety.
GMOs are the Future to Combat Ills in Africa, according to Bill Gates
February 07, 2016
Bill Gates, who is a major backer of food biotechnology, has spoken passionately how food biotechnology can help the people of Africa fight the numerous challenges they face.
Uganda field trial shows extreme resistance to late blight by GM potato
January 31, 2016
In Uganda, a series of field trials began in 2015 to assess whether twelve highly resistant GM plants of the ‘Desiree’ and local ‘Victoria’ variety provided by the International Potato Center CIP offer a durable resistance to late blight
Simplot's Second Generation Innate® Potato Receives FDA Safety Clearance
January 17, 2016
The Food and Drug Administration has completed its food and feed safety assessment of the J.R. Simplot Company’s second generation of Innate® potatoes. Simplot will still need to complete its registration with the Environmental Protection Agency for these potatoes before introducing them for sale in the U.S. marketplace.
Major US project to improve potato production in Bangladesh and Indonesia led by University of Michigan
November 11, 2015
The US Agency for International Development has awarded Michigan State University (MSU) a $5.8 million cooperative agreement to improve potato production in Bangladesh and Indonesia. Additional partners include the University of Minnesota and J.R. Simplot as well as in-country partners in both Bangladesh and Indonesia.
Resistance genes of wild relatives offer help in combat against potato blight
September 10, 2015
Research shows that crops with stacks of two or more resistance genes from closely related species, introduced into the crop via for instance genetic engineering, combined with the simultaneous introduction of resistance management, can ensure the long-term resistance of these plants to economically significant and aggressive diseases.
Innate™ generation two in this field survived late blight infection
September 01, 2015
The J.R. Simplot Company is pleased that the USDA has deregulated the Russet Burbank variety of the second generation of Innate™ potatoes. Simplot is looking forward to the completion of the EPA registration and FDA consultation before the second generation of Innate™ potatoes can be introduced into the marketplace.
Bintje (Courtesy: Verse Oogst)
August 20, 2015
Scientific results of the potato field trials in Flanders and the Netherlands demonstrate that gene stacking is necessary for a strong and lasting resistance to late blight (Phytophthora infestans).
Calyxt Launches Field Trials of its Cold Storable Potato
July 09, 2015
Calyxt, Inc., a Minnesota-based company focusing on developing healthier food products, today announced that it has started the field trials of its cold storable potato.