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BUSINESS & SEEDS: Cultivation of BASF’s Amflora GE poatato shrinks to 17 ha EU-wide in 2011



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TITLE:   BASF TO CULTIVATE GMO POTATO IN GERMANY, SWEDEN

SOURCE:  Thomson Reuters, USA

AUTHOR:  Michael Hogan

URL:     http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFLDE70U1TE20110131

DATE:    31.01.2011

SUMMARY: "German chemicals group BASF plans to cultivate a type of potato with genetically-modified organisms in Germany and Sweden in 2011, the company said on Monday. Two hectares of the GMO potato Amflora will be cultivated in Germany and 15 hectares in Sweden, BASF Crop Science said."

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BASF TO CULTIVATE GMO POTATO IN GERMANY, SWEDEN

- 17 hectares of GMO potato Amflora to be cultivated in 2010

- Sowings planned in Sweden and Germany

HAMBURG, Jan 31 (Reuters) - German chemicals group BASF plans to cultivate a type of potato with genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in Germany and Sweden in 2011, the company said on Monday. Two hectares of the GMO potato Amflora will be cultivated in Germany and 15 hectares in Sweden, BASF Crop Science said. No cultivation will be carried out in the Czech Republic where the potato was planted in 2010. Amflora is used for industrial starch production, not food, and has been approved as safe for commercial production by the European Union. Most Swedish plantings will be for seeds for cultivation in 2012, BASF said. In September 2010, BASF said that Amflora had been mistakenly grown among unapproved GMOs undergoing research cultivation in Sweden.



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TITLE:   BASF PLANT SCIENCE SET TO CULTIVATE AMFLORA POTATOES IN GERMANY AND SWEDEN IN 2011

SOURCE:  BASF, Germany

AUTHOR:  Press Release

URL:     http://www.basf.com/group/pressrelease/P-11-142

DATE:    31.01.2011

SUMMARY: "Amflora, the genetically enhanced potato for use in the starch industry, will this year be cultivated on two hectares of land in Üplingen (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany). [...] In addition to Germany, BASF Plant Science will again be planting out Amflora in Sweden during the 2011 season."

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BASF PLANT SCIENCE SET TO CULTIVATE AMFLORA POTATOES IN GERMANY AND SWEDEN IN 2011

Limburgerhof ? January 31, 2011 ? BASF Plant Science has concluded its Amflora cultivation plans for the 2011 season. Amflora, the genetically enhanced potato for use in the starch industry, will this year be cultivated on two hectares of land in Üplingen (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany).

?There are many good reasons for the use of Amflora in Germany, which after all is renowned for growing starch potatoes. Separating the starch components in conventional potatoes for industrial use is not cost-effective or environmentally sound. Amflora is an innovative new variety which produces pure amylopectin starch. It therefore helps to cut down on resources, energy and costs and offers farmers and the starch processing industry real added value,? says Peter Eckes, Managing Director of BASF Plant Science.

In addition to Germany, BASF Plant Science will again be planting out Amflora in Sweden during the 2011 season. After receiving approval from the authorities for the majority of the Amflora seed stock, BASF Plant Science will this year be concentrating on propagating seed stock for cultivation in subsequent years. BASF is performing very strict internal quality checks for this purpose and is only using the best quality seed stock.

About Amflora

Amflora is a genetically modified potato variety which produces pure amylopectin starch. Conventional potatoes produce a mixture of amylopectin and amylose starch. In many potato starch applications, for example in the paper, adhesive and food industries, only amylopectin is needed, but separating the two starch components is uneconomical. Amflora produces pure amylopectin starch and thus helps to save resources, energy and costs. Moreover, paper manufactured with amylopectin starch has greater tear resistance, and the addition of amylopectin to concrete and adhesives gives them a longer pot life. In the case of Amflora, BASF Plant Science and its partners in the starch industry decided to focus on industrial applications.

About BASF Plant Science

BASF is the world?s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics and performance products to agricultural products, fine chemicals as well as oil and gas. BASF Plant Science ? a BASF group company ? is one of the world?s leading companies providing innovative plant biotechnology solutions for agriculture. Today, about 700 employees are helping farmers meet the growing demand for improved agricultural productivity and healthier nutrition for humans and animals. BASF Plant Science has developed an unparalleled gene discovery platform focusing on yield and quality traits in crops such as corn, soybean and rice. Jointly with leading partners in the seed industry BASF Plant Science is commercializing its products. Current projects include higher yielding row crops, nutritionally-enhanced corn for animal feed or higher content of Omega-3?s in oil crops for preventing cardiovascular diseases. To find out more about BASF Plant Science,
  please visit www.basf.com/plantscience.