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
Potato plant AV43-6-G7 with reduced amylose content

Proposed period of release:
01/01/2008 to 31/12/2011

Name of the Institute(s) or Company(ies)

3. Is the same GMPt release planned elsewhere in the Community?

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

If yes, notification number(s):

Genetically modified plant

Complete name of the recipient or parental plant(s)
Common NameFamily NameGenusSpeciesSubspeciesCultivar/breeding line
potatosolanaceaesolanumsolanum tuberosumtuberosumstarch potato, Karnico

2. Description of the traits and characteristics which have been introduced or modified, including marker genes and previous modifications:
The GM-potato AV43-6-G7 is characterized by a high level of amylopectin and a low level of, or no amylose. No selection marker genes are used for transformation.

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 from Agrobacterium tumefaciens for stable incorporation into the plant genome.
- Promoter of Granule-bound starch synthase (GBSS)
- Granule-bound starch synthase (GBSS) cDNA, from potato, in sense and antisense orientation for down regulating GBSS expression.
- GBSS promoter from potato for regulating gene expression.

6. Brief description of the method used for the genetic modification:
T-DNA was introduced into starch potato variety Karnico by Agrobacterium-mediated gene transfer technology using a binary vector system.

7. If the recipient or parental plant is a forest tree species, describe ways and extent of dissemination and specific factors affecting dissemination:
Not applicable.

Experimental Release

1. Purpose of the release:
- evaluating agronomics of starch potatoes under standard circumstances
- evaluating the (semi-) industrial starch processing and products thereof for the market authorization procedure.
- producing seed potatoes for future trials

2. Geographical location of the site:
Municipalities: Borger-Odoorn, Eemsmond, Veendam, Aa en Hunze, Leens en Kloosterburen, in The Netherlands.

3. Size of the site (m2):
Size depends on site location with a maximum of 20 hectare (200,000 m2)/site. Total planted area per year will have a maximum of 120 hectare.

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 releasers of this potato line transformed with the same construct in the Netherlands (B/NL/04/04). No adverse impact of 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 introduced trait, reduction of amylose content, will not directly or indirectly confer an increased selective advantage in natural environments.

Brief description of any measures taken for the management of risks:
All handling of GMO fields will be done according to Good Agricultural Practices.
- transportation of potatoes will be done in bags in open containers.
- crop rotation: no potato crop the following two years.
- destruction of volunteers.
- destruction of waste material.

Summary of foreseen field trial studies focused to gain new data on environmental and human health impact from the release:
See C1

Final report

European Commission administrative information

Consent given by the Member State Competent Authority:
25/02/2008 00:00:00