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Biotech Bits

India's Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) has approved field trials of several biotech food crops, including: eight transgenic watermelon events for resistance to watermelon bud necrosis virus; 16 transgenic tomato events for resistance to peanut bud necrosis virus; 30 GM tomato events for resistance to tomato leaf curl virus; nine transgenic tomato events for resistance to both tomato leaf curl virus and peanut bud necrosis virus; and four papaya events for resistance to papaya ring spot virus (PRSV) and containing the PRSV coat protein gene. Other approved trials include transgenic sugar cane containing the Bt cry1Ab gene for sugar cane borer (Diatraea saccharalis) resistance from the Sugarcane Breeding Institute; and transgenic potatoes resistant to potato virus Y from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute.



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