After 20 years of biotechnological research, the first GMO potato that is resistant to the PVY virus is said to go on sale to the public next year in Argentina. The potato’s productive and economic benefits are estimated at 45 million dollars per year in the Argentine market alone.
This transgenic potato is the result of an achievement by Technoplant, a subsidiary of the Sidus group of companies.
On August 8 of 2018, this new potato variety reportedly received all the phytosanitary approvals that was required under law in Argentina. On December 10 it was officially launched at the ‘la Rural’ trade show in the presence of Government officials, scientists, and entrepreneurs in the agro-industry in Argentina.