In addition to cotton, Indian private seed companies and public sector organizations (government research institutes and state agriculture universities) are working on the development of various biotech food crops such as brinjal (eggplant), cabbage, castor, cauliflower, corn, mustard, peanuts, okra, potato, rice, and tomato, mainly for traits such as pest resistance, nutritional enhancement, drought tolerance, and yield enhancement. (However, the present system will continue until the new procedure is formally notified.) Under the event based process, all new Bt hybrid and variety seed with any of the five approved Bt events requires only a one-year trial to receive GEAC clearance, mainly to test the agronomic trait value and to confirm the presence of the gene.
Briefs inform August 2008, Vol. 19 (8) 554 The New York Times
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