GEAC Current Affairs, GK & News

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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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 Cotton and Surrounding Controversy

In an event organized by Shetkari Sanghtana, a farmers union a group of more than 1,000 farmers gathered in a village in Akola of Maharashtra to sow seeds of an unapproved, genetically modified variety of cotton, defying government regulations. Current Provisions In India, the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) under the Environment Ministry is responsible ..

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Maharashtra Farmers defy ban on GM Crops

As a protest against the ban on HTBt Cotton and Bt Brinjal, Farmers in Maharashtra sowed them in their fields. Maharashtra government had banned Bt cotton variety HTBt in 2015 and there is a ban by the union government on Bt brinjal cultivation since 2010. The variant HTBt cotton is still unapproved and the Bt ..

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GM mustard DMH-11 trials may get nod for field-trials

Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) will soon convene special meeting of Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) to decide on field-trial approvals for transgenic mustard DMH-11 developed by University of Delhi’s Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants (CGMCP). Background CGMCP had earlier applied to grow transgenic mustard (DMH-11) in plots in ..

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