Consider the following statements about green manure crop Sesbania rostrata, which has been developed by BARC (Bhabha Atomic Research Centre) using mutational breeding technology:  

  1. Sesbania rostrata naturally grows in desert regions
  2. It has high rate of nitrogen fixation.
  3. It reduces weed proliferation and weed growth.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

Answer: [B] Only 2 & 3

Using mutational breeding, BARC has successfully developed green manure crop – Sesbania rostrata that is proving highly cost-effective for small farmers. First statement is incorrect because Sesbania rostrata occurs naturally in marshes, floodplains, on muddy river banks.

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