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India allows Bt aubergine experimental seed production

The Indian Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) has approved experimental seed production of genetically modified insect-resistant Bt aubergines (brinjal) by Monsanto seed licensee Mahyco at its experimental site at Jalna in western India. The aubergines contain the cry1Ac gene, which renders the crop resistant to fruit and shoot borers ( Leucinodes orbonalis) and fruit borers ( Helicoverpa armigera).



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