PRSV (Papaya Ring Spot Virus) -resistant papayas for India:
Monsanto has agreed to a royalty-free transfer of its Papaya Ring Spot Virus (PRSV) resistance technology to Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) in India,the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) says. The technology transfer is in response to a request from the TNAU and has been facilitated by the ISAAA. The commercial production of papayas, mostly undertaken by small and resource poor farmers in India, has been under threat of PRSV since the mid-1990s. PRSV can cause losses of up to 30-70% and can even lead to total failure of the crop. Monsanto's PRSV resistance technology has the ability to confer complete resistance to the virus and has already been commercialised in the US and China.