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Record information and status
Record ID
103223
Status
Published
Date of creation
2012-02-24 12:47 UTC (german_bch@bvl.bund.de)
Date of last update
2017-05-31 12:15 UTC (german_bch@bvl.bund.de)
Date of publication
2017-07-13 15:44 UTC (ursula.monnerjahn@bmel.bund.de)

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General information
Country submitting the decision or communication
  • Germany
Competent National Authority(ies) responsible for the decision or communication
Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety
Mauerstrasse 39-42
Berlin
Germany, 10117
Phone:+49-(0)3018-445-6500
Fax:+49-(0)3018-445-6099
Email:german_bch@bvl.bund.de
Url:http://www.biosafety-bch.de (english language),BVL Homepage (English)
Title / Reference number of the decision or communication
6786-01-0167; Decision regarding the deliberate release (field trial) of genetically modified potatoes (Solanum tuberosum, variety Désirée) StSDDhpi issued by the German Competent Authority
Date of the decision
2006-03-15
Is the decision taken prior to entry into force of the Protocol?
No
Jurisdiction
  • Germany
Is this an amendment to a previous decision / communication?
No
Decision or communication details
Subject(s) of the decision
  • Decision on LMOs for intentional introduction into the environment (according Article 10 or domestic regulatory framework)
Was the decision triggered by a request for a transboundary movement of LMOs into the country?
No
Does the decision apply to transboundary movements of LMO(s) into the country?
No
Importer’s or Applicant’s contact details
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology (MPIMP)
Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie
Am Mühlenberg 1
Potsdam
Germany, 14476
Phone:+49 331 567 - 80
Fax:+49 331 567 - 84 08
Email:contact@mpimp-golm.mpg.de
Url:Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie
Result of the decision
  • Approval of the import/use of the LMO(s) with conditions
Conditions
- Fertile plant material (potato tuber) has to be transported and stored in closed and clearly labelled repositories at any time outside the release site and laboratory. The label need to distinctively describe the LMO and it needs to be noted that this potato is unfit for consumption. All remaining fertile plant material has to be destroyed by disruption of their germination capacity (heating or autoclaving).
- Transgenic and non transgenic potatoes have to be stored separately.
- Inspection of release site on unexpected biological traits of the LMO and reciprocal effects between LMO and other organisms has to be accomplished weekly during the experimental release. Particularly it needs to be observed whether the development of the potato plants (from seedling to dead plant) proceeds comparable to wild-type plants and whether habitus, blossom colour and potato berries look as on wild-type plants.
- Monthly inspection of the surrounding area [20 m] of the release site for transgenic potato volunteers and their manual removal and disposal.
- After harvest the first 15-20 cm of upper soil of the release site have to be loosen up. Potato tubers that emerge during that procedure have to be manually collected, removed, and destroyed by disruption of their germination capacity. The release site must not be ploughed.
- After completion of the field trial monthly inspection of release site and surrounding areas [20 m] for transgenic potato volunteers, their documentation and removal and disposal has to be accomplished for one year. The inspection period has to be extended for another year if potato volunteers were observed. The release site must not be cultivated with plants impairing the detection of transgenic volunteers. 
- The release site has to be labeled with a sign noting "trial crops, unfit for consumption".
Reasons
To comply with requirements of Directive 2001/18/EC, Gentechnikgesetz (German Gene Technology Act): reduce possibility of GMO spread/establishment.
Does the decision involve field trials?
Yes
Does the decision involve commercial release?
No
LMO identification
Potato modified for heat tolerance and increased yield
Resistance to antibiotics - Ampicillin, Kanamycin Selectable marker genes and reporter genes Tolerance to abiotic stress - Drought
Show detection method(s)
Risk assessment
6786-01-0167; Summary of the risk assessment of a deliberate release (field trial) of genetically modified potatoes (Solanum tuberosum, variety Désirée) StSDDhpi issued by the German Competent Authority
Potato modified for heat tolerance and increased yield
Resistance to antibiotics - Ampicillin, Kanamycin
Selectable marker genes and reporter genes
Tolerance to abiotic stress - Drought
Additional Information
Additional Information
 type of decision: field trial
 LMO: potato (Solanum tuberosum, variety Désirée) StSDDhpi
 legal basis: Directive 2001/18/EC, Gentechnikgesetz (German Gene Technology Act)
 scope: test of field performance of LMO
 authorization valid in the vegetation periods of the years 2006 to 2009
 locations: One experimental field in Germany; for details see German LMO/GMO location register ( http://apps2.bvl.bund.de/stareg_web/localeSwitch.do?language=en&page=/showflaechen.do?)
 size: 7.7 ha, with max. 1,600 plants and 3-5 plants per m²