Early 2005, Wageningen UR was requested by the interdepartmental Committee Biotechnology to write a research program for a promising project with genetic modification. The project needed to fit into the government's Innovation Agenda and strengthen the competitive ability of the Dutch farming sector. A 'proof of principle' of a potato with a sustainable resistance against late blight developed through marker-free cisgenesis was selected, as both economic and environmental issues are at stake in the control of late blight.
People, Planet, Profit
The guiding principle in this research is People, Planet, Profit. In the potato sector, corporate responsibility means: taking care of consumers, farmers, water managers and other stakeholders (People), the environment (Planet) and the economy (Profit). The DuRPh team expects this project to contribute to a more sustainable potato cultivation, i.e. sustainable in terms of People, Planet and Profit. The potato planting material industry is an important economic sector in the Netherlands and the control of late blight is costly. Less late blight control also means less emissions of environmentally harmful products.