Here is the updated spreadsheet of hot headlines for today. Take note of the Google Fresh Produce Post about a "protein packed potato" from India. Surely this type of advance in the nutrition of potatoes has potential for widespread adoption — or will Wal-Mart or McDonald's nix it before it has a chance to sprout?

From the story:


New Delhi, India (AHN) - Indian scientists claimed to have developed protein-packed potatoes 60 percent more nutritious compared to theordinary tuber.

The idea to develop a genetically modified potato was the brainchild of National Institute for Plant Genome Research scientists, who said that they also discovered increased levels of essential amino acids in the potato variant.

The project’s lead researcher Subhra Chakraborty said these transgenicpotatoes would soon gain huge popularity because it uses a gene from another edible crop - the amaranth seed."Because potato constitutes an important part of the diet of many people in developed as well as developing countries, it is apparent that this can add value to potato-based products with enhancedbenefits for better human health," said Chakraborty. "Our strategy  also offers unique opportunities for the genetic engineering of unique traits into the next-generation crop to accrue nutritional benefits,"she added.

Explaining about their breakthrough, Chakraborty said that they tested AmA1 (Amaranth Albumin 1) gene into seven types of potatoes and monitored their development over two years. She added that all varieties of the transgenic potatoes showed an increase of 35-60 percent protein during this period. The tubers also showed boosted levels of amino acids, lysine, tyrosine and sulfur, which is normally limited in potatoes. Moreover, the new crop had more production per hectare than the ordinary potatoes. The scientists added that the new crop did not have any toxic or allergic effects. "This study represents a major technological advance in translational research in which the engineering of a seed storage protein has led to nutritional improvement with essentially no negative collateral effects on crop yield or quality," the researchers said.