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Sep 24, 2010

India - Scientists Develop Protein Rich GM Potato

On 24 September ISAAA's Crop Biotech Update reported that a team of Indian scientists led by Dr. Subhra Chakraborty of the National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR) in close collaboration with the Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI) of India has developed a gene modified (GM) potato with an increased total protein content.

This new GM potato, named "Protato" has an increase in total protein and several amino acids.  It provides greater nutritional value by increasing total protein by 60%.  This was achieved by introducing AmA1 gene (Amaranth Albumin 1) from edible amaranth plant.  This gene has the great potential to enhance the nutriotio of other food crops.

Field tests in three locations in India indicate that the GM potatoes are suitable for commercial cultivation and have no negative effects on animal health.

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences has two articles on this development.  These are listed below.

For more see:

"Indian Scientists Develop Protein Rich GM Potato," Crop Biotech Update, ISAAA, 24 September 2010.

"Next-generation protein-rich potato expressing the seed protein gene AmA1 is a result of proteome rebalancing in transgenic tuber"

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