Crop Biotech Update

ISAAA Brief on “The Development and Regulation of Bt Brinjal in India"

January 16, 2009

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) released its latest Brief 38 on the development and regulation of biotech brinjal in India. Brief 38 is a comprehensive review of all aspects of the cultivation in India of the important vegetable brinjal, also known as eggplant or aubergine.

This ISAAA Brief 38 is a primer for all interest groups who desire to: firstly, learn about the cultivation of brinjal in India and secondly, to learn about the status of regulatory approval and the attributes of Bt brinjal which provides an option for significantly decreasing the use of insecticides to control most important insect-pest of brinjal, fruit and shoot borer (FSB). Subjects are divided into four parts: the biology, production and significance of brinjal as a vegetable crop in India; biotech crop development and its relevance to India; current efforts to develop Bt brinjal- the first biotech food crop in India; and the regulatory framework being applied to Bt brinjal.

For more information or for a copy of Brinjal Brief 38 contact ISAAA South Asia Office at or  An online version is available at and