Welcome to gmoInfo, which has been re-designed to provide clear information on our on-going field-based GM potato study. This environmental study is being completed through the AMIGA project, which is funded by the European Commission's 7th Framework programme.
AMIGA is focussed on assessing and monitoring the environmental impact of two specific GM crops. One of these crops is a GM potato, developed with durable resistance to potato late blight disease, causative organism of the Irish potato famine. Unfortunately, late blight disease remains a constant threat to the Irish potato crop, with farmers reliant on up to 15 sprays per season to minimise blight damage. The goal of our study is to evaluate the impact of this specific GM potato on the Irish agri-environment and specifically gauge how blight strains will respond.
it is important to note that we are not producing GM potatoes for production or commercial purposes. Our role is to investigate the potential negative and/or positive impacts of GM technology in regard to this specific GM variety and then inform stakeholders and the general public as to conclusions drawn, based on an Irish-specific research study.