USDA deregulates two more of Simplot’s Innate varieties

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has deregulated the ranger russet and atlantic varieties of the second generation genetically modified Innate potato developed by J.R. Simplot. They join the Innate second generation russet burbank potato, deregulated last year, according to a news release. The potatoes were modified for late blight resistance — the second generation trait approved — along with the first generation benefits of low acrylamide potential (reducing the presence of a possible carcinogen in fried potatoes), reduced black spot bruising, and lowered reducing sugars, according to the USDA. “The introduction of late blight resistance in Innate varieties is a game changer, one that has the potential to dramatically reduce the environmental impact of potato growing by reducing pesticide use,” Neil Gudmestad, professor and Endowed Chair of Potato Pathology at North Dakota State University, said in a news release. More