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Risk Assessment
Record information and status
Record ID
8338
Status
Published
Date of creation
2005-03-21 09:27 UTC (mette.svejgaard@naturvardsverket.se)
Date of last update
2019-02-14 10:39 UTC (Melanie.Josefsson@naturvardsverket.se)
Date of publication
2019-02-14 10:39 UTC (Melanie.Josefsson@naturvardsverket.se)

General Information
Country
  • Sweden
Title of risk assessment
Potato with improved resistance to Phyophthora
Date of the risk assessment
2005-01-18
Competent National Authority(ies) responsible for the risk assessment
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
Vallhallavägen 195
Stockholm
Sweden, SE-106 48
Phone:+46 10 698 10 00
Fax:+46 10 698 1042
Email:natur@naturvardsverket.se
Url:http://www.naturvardsverket.se
Contact details of the main responsible risk assessor
Ph.D Mette Svejgaard
Swedish Ministry of the Environment
Stockholm
Sweden
Phone:+46 (0)70 374 2604
Email:mette.svejgaard@regeringskansliet.se
Risk assessment details
Living modified organism
Potato resistant to Phytophthora infestans
Resistance to antibiotics - Kanamycin Resistance to diseases and pests - Phytophthora infestans resistance
Scope of the risk assessment
Risk assessment report / Summary
Methodology and points to consider
Potential adverse effects identified in the risk assessment
No difference regarding persistence in Agricultural habitats or invasiveness in natural habitats compared to conventional potato varieties is expected. Due to the measures to be taken during the release (distance to or absence of cultivated and wild relatives) will the potential for gene transfer virtually to be excluded. Interactions of the GM postato 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 the introduced resistance, nor from the nptII gene. Measures in Place under current field trial practice will safeguard that all tubers and plant material is properly managed, harvested, stored, transported or disposed of, to minimize Contact to humans or animals. No effects are expected on biogeochemical processes.
Likelihood that the potential adverse effects will be realized
No negative effects are expected
Possible consequences:
Measures are in place to prevent possible transfer of genes to other potato varieties or wild relatives.
Estimation of the overall risk
No effects are expected
Recommendation(s)
Brief description of the measures taken for the management of risks:
- isolation distance: 20 m
- careful harvest to avoid volunteers
- transportation in specific vehicles, closed containers or double sacks
- adjusted crop rotation: fallow field the following year, no potato crop for one additional year
- destruction of waste material
Receiving environment(s) considered
Geographical location of the site:
Landskrona, Halmstad and Kristianstad communities. This is the southern part of Sweden.

Size of the site (m2):
Max 3 000 m2 in total
LMO detection and identification methods proposed
REgular inspection (2-5 times/week) to see if any unforeseen events occur. Inspections will be made at least once a month of the field trial site the season after the trial to detect for gm potatoes that may be left in the field. The field will be placed in fallow the year after the field trial.
Additional Information
Additional Information
The genetically modified potato lines show an improved resistance to Phytophthora infestans. No difference regarding persistence in agricultural habitats or invasiveness in natural habitats compared to conventional potato varieties is expected. Due to the measures to be taken during the release (distance to or absence of cultivated and wild relatives) will the potential for gene transfer virtually 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 the introduced resistance, nor from the nptII gene. Measures in place under current field trial practice will safeguard that all tubers and plant material is properly managed, harvested, stored, transported or disposed of to minimize contact to humans or animals. No effects are expected on biogeochemical processes.

- Investigate expression and stability of modified trait
- Investigate the agricultural value of the modified lines, especially resistance to P. infestans
- Produce seed potatoes for future trials.

The Swedish Board of Agriculture has the whole notification. Parts which are not confidential are public accessible.

At the EU Joint research center website the notification of this risk assessment has no. B/SE/05/450
Other relevant website address or attached documents