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FIELD TRIAL OF WORLD’S FIRST GM (GENETICALLY MODIFIED) RUBBER

FIELD TRIAL OF WORLD’S FIRST GM (GENETICALLY MODIFIED) RUBBER

Context:

In the state of Assam, Rubber Board has started a field trial of the world's first GM (genetically modified) rubber.

About:

  • It was developed in the biotechnology laboratory at Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) in Puthuppally, Kottayam.
  • It was planted at Rubber board’s Sarutari research farm in Guwahati.
  • GM Rubber is the 2nd genetically modified crop for which field trial has started after Bt. Cotton.

Background:

  • In 2010, Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) had allowed field trials of GM rubber at Chethackal, Thombikandom, in Kottayam.

GM Rubber:

  • It can withstand adverse climatic conditions.
  • It will enhance rubber production in India.
  • It will significantly benefit farmers after trials are over.
  • It is resistant to reduced moisture or drought, low & high temperatures as well as high light intensity.
  • It will result in early yielding and will also cut short the maturity period of rubber.

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