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BASF Seeks EU Approval for Fortuna, its Genetically Optimized Table Potato

7:36 AM MDT | October 31, 2011 | Natasha Alperowicz

BASF says its plant science unit today applied for European Union approval for its “genetically optimized table potato,” Fortuna. Fortuna has a wild potato’s natural protection to late blight, a disease causing severe problems in agriculture. Late blight potato disease is caused by the fungi-like pathogen Phytophthora infestans. Up to 20 percent of annual global harvests are lost to the disease.   The application for approval covers commercial cultivation as well as use as food and feed within the EU. In the next step of the approval...

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