Notification report

General information

Notification Number

Member State to which the notification was sent

Date of acknowledgement from the Member State Competent Authority

Title of the Project
Application for the release into the environment of potatoes with altered starch composition (I) according to the Genetically Modified Organisms Decree

Proposed period of release:
01/01/2006 to 31/12/2010

Name of the Institute(s) or Company(ies)
BASF Plant Science GmbH, Carl-Bosch-Strasse 38, D-67056 Ludwigshaven GERMANY;

3. Is the same GMPt release planned elsewhere in the Community?
Germany; Sweden; Czech Republic;

Has the same GMPt been notified elsewhere by the same notifier?

If yes, notification number(s):
B/SE/03/1946; B/SE/04/1101;

Other notifications
Consent B/SE/04/1101 covers potato lines transformed with construct pHAS3. Consent B/SE/03/1946 covers potato lines transformed with construct pHASHS5.

Genetically modified plant

Complete name of the recipient or parental plant(s)
Common NameFamily NameGenusSpeciesSubspeciesCultivar/breeding line
potatosolanaceaesolanumsolanum tuberosumtuberosumP763 and P800

2. Description of the traits and characteristics which have been introduced or modified, including marker genes and previous modifications:
-increased accumulation of amylose starch in tubers
-marker gene ahas (tolerance to Imidazolinones) as selection gene to identify transgenic cells in tissue culture

Genetic modification

3. Type of genetic modification:

In case of insertion of genetic material, give the source and intended function of each constituent fragment of the region to be inserted:
-T-DNA borders, pTiT37, for incorporation into plant chromosome.
-Recombinant ahas gene, A. thaliana, imidazolinone tolerance in plant material.
-Promoter and terminator from nopaline synthase gene, A. tumefaciens, gene regulation.
-Promoter of gbss gene, S. tuberosum, gene regulation
-the inverted repeat fragments of the be1 and be2 genes leads to a reduction of the amylopectin fraction in the starch of the potato tuber resulting in a concomitant increase in the levels of amylose
- Starch biosynthesis enhancing protein 1, S. tuberosum, increase in starch content in amylose potatoes

6. Brief description of the method used for the genetic modification:
Plasmid-derived DNA was introduced into the potato lines by Agrobacterium-mediated gene transfer technology

7. If the recipient or parental plant is a forest tree species, describe ways and extent of dissemination and specific factors affecting dissemination:

Experimental Release

1. Purpose of the release:
- Evaluate the quality of starch composition under field conditions
- Investigate the general agricultural value of the modified lines
- Produce seed potatoes for future trials

2. Geographical location of the site:
The location of one release site will be at Borger-Odoorn and the location of the second release site will in Lingewaard

3. Size of the site (m2):
10.000 m2 per site maximally will be planted annually

4. Relevant data regarding previous releases carried out with the same GM-plant, if any, specifically related to the potential environmental and human health impacts from the release:
There have been previous releases of potato lines transformed with the same constructs in several countries. No adverse impacts on the environment or human health have been recorded in any of the trials.

Environmental Impact and Risk Management

Summary of the potential environmental impact from the release of the GMPts:
The genetically modified potato lines contain be1 and be2 gene fragments as inverted repeat. Their expression leads to a reduced amylopectin accumulation in tubers, resulting in a concomitant increase in amylose content. All greenhouse and field observations so far confirm that the behaviour of the modified lines is identical to that of the recipient plant material. Field trials with constructs containing the same be gene fragments have been conducted since 2000.
The ahas gene expressed in the potato plants imparts tolerance to the herbicidal active substance Imazamox to the shoots during the selection process in cell culture. This confers no selective advantage in the field since Imidazolinone herbicides are not approved for use on crops in NL and no field tolerance is expected in the potato plants. No difference with respect to persistence in agriculturally utilised habitats or invasiveness into natural habitats as compared to conventional potato varieties is expected. Through the measures that are taken during the release, distance from or absence of conventionally cultivated potatoes or wild species, the possibility of any gene transfer can be virtually ruled out. Even in the very improbable event that pollen were to be transferred to genetically unmodified potato plants, no consequences are to be expected, since potato propagation conventionally takes place via tubers and not via seeds. The interactions of the genetically modified potato line with non-target organisms and the effects resulting from this will be comparable to those with conventional potato varieties.

Brief description of any measures taken for the management of risks:
-isolation distance: 10 m
-careful harvest to avoid volunteers
-transportation in specific vehicles and closed containers
-crop rotation: no potato crop the following year
-destruction of waste material

Final report

European Commission administrative information

Consent given by the Member State Competent Authority:
Not known