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GEAC planning to recommend ‘environmental release’ of Bayer’s GM Cotton

Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) is currently planning to recommend environmental release of a genetically modified (GM) herbicide tolerant cotton of German multinational company Bayer AG. It had earlier approved the environmental clearance of Delhi University’s transgenic hybrid mustard DMH-11 along with its parental lines. What is BG-II RRF? Bollgard II Roundup Ready Flex (BG-II ..

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Biosafety guidelines for genome edited plants

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has recently issued ‘Guidelines for Safety Assessment of Genome Edited Plants, 2022’. What are the guidelines about? As per the guidelines, researchers who use gene-editing technologies for plants are exempted from seeking approvals from the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC). All other requirements that researchers must adhere to develop transgenic ..

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Study: Benefits in Punjab due to BT Cotton adoption

As per recent study in Punjab, adoption of BT cotton in Punjab has resulted in net economic and environmental benefits. About BT Cotton BT cotton is a genetically modified organism (GMO) or genetically modified pest resistant plant cotton variety. It produces an insecticide to combat bollworm. BT toxins are insecticidal to larvae of moths, butterflies, ..

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Telangana Govt bans Glyphosate

The Telangana Government recently imposed a total ban on Glyphosate. About Glyphosate The Glyphosate is a controversial herbicide usually use to kill weeds in cotton farms. The usage of Glyphosate is banned because it is carcinogenic. Also, it is being banned to control the illegal cultivation of HTBt cotton. Glyphosate is absorbed through foliage (plant ..

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GM Crop: White Flies Resistant Cotton Field Trials begins

The National Botanical Research Institute developed pest resistant cotton variety. The cotton variety is to be field tested at the Center of Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana. Need In 2015, the whiteflies devastated more than two-third cotton crops in Punjab. Of all the crops, cotton is the worst hit by whiteflies. Whiteflies are considered as the ..

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Is Marathwada Undergoing Desertification?

The experts have warned that the Marathwada region of Maharashtra is heading towards desertification due to the policy-induced failures. The Groundwater Surveys show that the water table had dropped alarmingly in 70 of the 76 talukas and more than 25 have reported a drop of more than two metres. Why the disaster is Man-made? Of ..

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