Success of Bt Brinjal in Bangladesh Opens Possibility for Two New Eggplant VarietiesApril 21, 2021
Bt brinjal (eggplant) became widely-adopted biotech product in Bangladesh in just seven years. Breeders from Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) are developing two eggplant varieties that can withstand both eggplant fruit and shoot borer (EFSB) and bacterial wilt.
Bacterial wilt is found in plants and then lingers in the soil in most parts of Bangladesh and second to EFSB in causing significant crop loss in brinjal. It cannot be controlled by chemical sprays and can only be managed by planting varieties that are resistant to the disease. After successfully releasing two EFSB resistant eggplant varieties, Bari Begun-10 and Bari Begun 11, BARI is now developing varieties with resistance to both FSB and bacterial wilt. With the fast adoption rate of Bt brinjal in Bangladesh, the researchers are hopeful that the new varieties will have the potential to help the farmers increase their profits even more.
Bt brinjal farmers in Bangladesh have increased their yield and reduced chemical pesticide application since its adoption in 2014. A government impact assessment study in 2018 has found out that farmers who cultivated Bt brinjal gained 55% higher income and are less prone to health hazards caused by using chemical pesticides compared to non-Bt brinjal growers.
You might also like:
- Bangladesh Government to Provide Incentives for Bt Brinjal Farmers
- Bt Brinjal Farmers Earned 21.7% More, Satisfied with Yield and Crop Quality
- 27,000 Farmers in Bangladesh Reap the Benefits of Bt Brinjal Due to Strong Political Support
The Crop Biotech Update is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a non-for-profit organization. The CBU is distributed for free to over 23,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in agricultural biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
- Experts Release Guidance on How to Communicate about COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy
News from Around the World
- Researchers Identify Factors Affecting Critical Thinking toward GM Foods
- Brazil Approves Oxitec's Friendly™ Technology Against Fall Armyworm
- Multi-Institutional Effort Produces Comprehensive Guide for Communicating Plant Science
- Indian Farmers Lose Opportunity to Benefit from Bt Brinjal as GEAC Halts Field Trials
- JIC Study Reveals Genes that Control Growth Habit in Plants
- EFSA Report Says 98% of Pesticide Residues in Food in the EU within Legal Limits
- Studies Show How Microbiome Affects Breeding of Apples and Oil Pumpkins
- Researchers Present Improved Direct PCR-based Technology for GE Plants Screening
- Success of Bt Brinjal in Bangladesh Opens Possibility for Two New Eggplant Varieties
Plant Breeding Innovations
- Scientists Develop Gene-Edited Mosquito to Help Eliminate Malaria
- Global Gene Editing Tools Market to Continue Excellent Growth
Subscribe to CBU: