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BASF Plant Science identifies case of low level comingling in Amflora fields in Sweden


Limburgerhof, Germany September 6, 2010 BASF Plant Science identified extremely small quantities of Amadea potatoes in Amflora fields planted in Northern Sweden during the course of the regular inhouse quality controls.

The Swedish competent authority was informed at the end of August after BASF Plant Science employees identified Amadea plants in Amflora fields during regular control visits.

The fields in question have been planted for seed multiplication of the genetically modified starch potato Amflora.

Amadea is BASFs second starch potato variety that was submitted last week for regulatory approval in the EU by BASF Plant Science. The level of comingling is less than 0.01%, which translates to 47 Amadea plants among approximately 680,000 Amlora plants.

BASF Plant Science removed all Amadea plants from the fields. The subsequent steps are currently under discussion with the relevant authorities including the European Commission.

  • In-house quality control identifies small quantity of Amadea potatoes in Amflora fields
  • Off-type plants destroyed no Amadea potatoes in commercial starch production
  • No comingling in Germany and Czech Republic

The cause of the low level comingling of Amadea is currently being thoroughly analyzed. The comingling was identified because Amadea flowers are white, while Amflora only develops a few violet flowers. All Amadea plants have been removed during the growth period and did not enter the commercial starch production. Amflora fields in Germany and the Czech Republic were also monitored in the course of the regular stewardship controls. No Amadea potatoes were identified in these fields.

About Amflora and Amadea
Amflora and Amadea are two genetically modified potato varieties that produce pure amylopectin starch. Conventional potatoes produce a mixture of amylopectin and amylose. In many potato starch applications, for example in the paper, adhesive and food industries, only amylopectin is needed, and separating the two starch components is uneconomical. Amflora and Amadea produce pure amylopectin starch and thus help to save resources, energy as well as costs. Moreover, paper coated with amylopectin starch has a higher gloss, and the addition of amylopectin starch to concrete and adhesives can be processed for a longer period of time.

In the case of Amflora, BASF Plant Science and its partners in the starch industry decided to focus on industrial applications. Due to the demand for amylopectin starch in the food industry, BASF Plant Science will be working with its partners to evaluate potential applications for its Amadea potato in this area.

About BASF Plant Science
BASF Plant Science a BASF group company – is one of the worlds leading companies providing innovative plant biotechnology solutions for agriculture. Today, about 700 employees are helping farmers meet the growing demand for improved agricultural productivity and healthier nutrition for humans and animals. BASF Plant Science has developed an unparalleled gene discovery platform focusing on yield and quality traits in crops such as corn, soybean and rice. Jointly with leading partners in the seed industry BASF Plant Science is commercializing its products. Current projects include higher yielding row crops, nutritionally-enhanced corn for animal feed or higher content of Omega-3s in oil crops for preventing cardiovascular diseases. To find out more about BASF Plant Science, please visit

About BASF
BASF is the worlds leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics and performance products to agricultural products, fine chemicals as well as oil and gas. As a reliable partner BASF creates chemistry to help its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF posted sales of more than 50 billion in 2009 and had approximately 105,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at

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