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Indian body clears commercial cultivation of GM aubergines

The Indian Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) has given its approval for the commercial cultivation of genetically modified insect-resistant aubergines (brinjal) developed by Monsanto licensee Mahyco. The aubergines carry the Btcry1Ac gene conveying resistance to fruit and shoot borers ( Leucinodes orbonalis). Mahyco has been conducting trials on the GM lines since 2007, when the GEAC gave the nod ( Agrow No 526, p 19). Final clearance from the government is expected early in 2010 after consultations involving various stakeholders.

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