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Indian <i>Bt</i> cotton fusion gene resistant to armyworms

Indian company Nath Seeds has found that the Bt fusion gene, cry1Ab-cry1Ac, in its genetically modified insect-resistant Bt cotton line renders it resistant to armyworms ( Spodoptera litura). The findings have been validated through testing by several Indian agriculture universities. It had been developed for resistance to bollworms. In order to incorporate this additional advantage of its GM lines in its product literature and marketing campaigns, Nath Seeds has sought approval from the state of Maharashtra. The state government advised the company to obtain the consent of the Indian Genetic Engineering Approval Committee, which, in turn, has referred the decision back to the state government.

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