Biotech Updates

Peru to Field Trial Transgenic Papaya

April 8, 2011

Plans are set to have pilot field trials of genetically modified papaya in Peru in 2012. William Daga Ávalos, fruit specialist of the National Institute for Agrarian Innovation (INIA),  said field trials are necessary due to decreased papaya production.

Diseases such as the papaya ringspot virus have caused much damage in fruit growing areas. The fruit specialist explained that in order to save the papaya crop in the areas of Chanchamayo, Satipo, and Pucallpa, genetically transformed seeds should be sowed to save production and productivity of the fruit.

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