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Risk Assessment
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Record ID
Date of creation
2012-11-05 14:12 UTC (hana_jirakova@env.cz)
Date of publication
2012-11-05 14:12 UTC (hana_jirakova@env.cz)

General Information
  • Czech Republic
Title of risk assessment
Decision on a field trial with GM potatoes with increasaed amylopectin content
Date of the risk assessment
Competent National Authority(ies) responsible for the risk assessment
Ministry of the Environment
Vrsovicka 65
Czech Republic, 10010
Phone:+420 267 122 066
Fax:+420 267 310 013
Url:Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic
Risk assessment details
Living modified organism
BPS-A1Ø2Ø-5 - Amadea potato
BASF Plant Science GmbH altered carbohydrate composition: increased amylopectin content Resistance to herbicides - Imidazolinone, Sulfonylurea
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Scope of the risk assessment
  • LMOs for Introduction into the environment
    • Field trial
Risk assessment report / Summary
Methodology and points to consider
Estimation of the overall risk
The genetically modified potato lines show a shift of the tuber starch composition to amylopectin. No difference regarding persistence in agricultural habitats or invasiveness in natural habitats compared to conventional potato varieties is expected. Nor is it expected that a selective advantage or disadvantage is conferred to the GM lines via the introduced traits. Due to the measures to be taken during the release (distance to or absence of cultivated and wild relatives) the potential for gene transfer virtually will be excluded. Interactions of the GM potato lines with non-target species and resulting effects will be comparable to those of conventional potato varieties. No toxic or allergenic effects are expected from elevated levels of amylopectin, nor from the acetohydroxyacid synthase. Measures in place under current field trial practice will protect the trial from damage by animals as well as safeguard that all seed and plant material is properly managed, harvested, stored, transported or disposed of to minimize or prevent contact to humans or animals. No effects are expected on biogeochemical processes. The GM potato lines will be cultivated under conventional agricultural practices.
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An isolation distance of 10 m to other potato varieties will be observed. Planting and harvesting equipment will be cleaned on site to prevent the dispersal of GM tubers. There will be no potato cultivation on the release area the year following the release. Potential volunteers will be monitored and removed according to conventional agricultural practice. During the release the trial site will be monitored at defined intervals.
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Receiving environment(s) considered
Czech Republic - Vysocina region
Additional Information
Additional Information
The field trial with GM potatoes with increased amylopectin content was authorized in the Czech Republic in May 2006 and officially terminated in February 2011. Subsequently, the consent holder has submitted a final report with results of the deliberate release into the environment of given GM potatoes in CZ. The final report is available at http://gmoinfo.jrc.ec.europa.eu/gmp_report.aspx?CurNot=B/CZ/06/02