Genetically Modified Potato Likely to Be Released This Year in Bangladesh
The Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute is planning to apply for the approval for releasing one variety of potato that has been genetically engineered to be resistant to late blight. Late blight is the same disease that caused the Irish potato famine. The disease is still a major threat to potatoes around the world causing an estimated 20% reduction in potato yields despite chemical efforts to control the disease in many areas. Bangladesh scientists have been working on genetically engineered late blight resistant potatoes since Cornell University released a genetically engineered variety resistant to late blight in 2006.