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Bt brinjal approval rekindles debate on inadequate protocols and rules

Expert says experience shows that lot of illegal spread that happens during field trials gets into the food chain

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Bt-brinjal | agriculture sector | ICAR

Sanjeeb Mukherjee  |  New Delhi 

The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC)'s green signal to additional field trials to two new varieties of Bt brinjal a few months back has rekindled the debate on genetically modified crops and whether India has sufficient bio-safety standards to allow commercial cultivation of such produce.

GEAC had, in a meeting held a few months back, approved additional field trials of two new indigenously developed varieties of Bt brinjal called Janak and BSS-793 containing Bt Cry1Fa1 gene (Event 142). The transgenic varieties of brinjal hybrids have been developed by the ...

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First Published: Thu, September 03 2020. 19:20 IST
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