GM Mustard to Undergo Another Field Trial in India

The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee of India (GEAC) under the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) ordered another round of multi-location field trials of genetically engineered mustard developed by Delhi University.

During their meeting on March 21, GEAC asked Delhi University's Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants to conduct field trials in an area of 5 acres at two to three different locations. This is to obtain additional data on the effect of GE mustard on honey bees and other pollinators, as well as honey and microbial diversity. GEAC also asked the scientists who will conduct the trials to submit details of the protocol to be approved by the committee prior to the trial.

For more details, read the news articles from the Genetic Literacy Project and Deccan Herald.

This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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