BASF and AVEBE collaborate to optimize amylopectin starch potatoes
Foxhol/Limburgerhof, Germany - Dutch potato starch manufacturer AVEBE and German BASF Plant Science have kicked-off a R&D collaboration that is aimed at designing fungal resistant starch potato varieties. Their companies’ first product, a late blight resistant amylopectin starch potato, is expected to reach the market by 2019. Financial details of the collaboration were not disclosed. The companies said they will bring in their complementary know-how in the field of developing genetically modified amylopectin potato varieties. The new potato varieties target the paper, textile and adhesives industries, which would benefit from amylopectin-rich resources, as separation of amylopectin from amylose remains uneconomical and environmental unsound. Development of resistance against major potato diseases such as late blight caused by Phytophthora infestans will lead to a better control of fungal diseases and thereby reduce the production costs of amylopectin starch further.