A blight-free British potato

21.02.2014

Financial Times

Published 21 February 2014

A three-year field trial in Norfolk of potatoes genetically modified to resist late blight – the fungal disease responsible for the great Irish famine of the 19th century – has produced encouraging results. Plants with a resistance gene inserted from a South American wild relative of potatoes remained free of infection, while all the non-GM potatoes succumbed to blight. The results were published on Monday in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.                                                                           The full article is available here.