Synthetic biology – altering or redesigning genes to meet human objectives – is a fast-developing field with significant potential impacts on nature conservation, according to the Genetic frontiers for conservation assessment report. So far mostly applied in agriculture and medicine, synthetic biology could have substantial knock-on effects on conservation – including modified genes spreading to […]
Nearly twenty years ago in 1998, Pexy Schmeiser, farmer of Saskatchewan, a small town of Canada was sued from Monsanto Canada for patent violation after Roundup ready Canola, a genetically modified herbicide resistant crop was found growing in his farm. Schmeiser argued that seeds of GM Canola landed in his farm accidentally. GM Canola has […]
Having dealt with the fundamentals of GMOs in our previous issues, now it’s inevitable to focus on the regulatory bodies managing the research, safety and commercialization of GMOs. As described in our earlier articles, the research involving in genetic manipulation is strictly coordinated at various levels in India. At the university level, any researcher willing […]
In our previous articles, we emphasized our readers to understand the basic phenomenon behind GM technology, its applications, how GMOs are being produced with a case study of Bt technology and its acceptable safety. In this issue, we have made efforts to shed light on to prove logically that the GMOs are no different from […]
India has only 3% are world’s land resource and 5% of world’s water resource. Yet, India is second larger food producer in world and also second in production of fruits and vegetables. On the contrary, Indian Medical Council report 2015 said that 12 to 13% of population in India die due to non availability of […]
From the earlier issues you would have understood the imperative need of biotechnological approaches in crop improvement for ensuring food and nutritional security. In this issue let us make you clear about the origin of the idea of genetic modification and how actually the GMO’s are produced.
It is honorable moment for Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Punjab Agricultural University that laid a great step in Plant biotechnological research in Agricultural History of India. Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana has announced that it is in the pipeline of releasing India’s first genetically – modified ‘varieties’ of cotton. ICAR has also identified […]
In the 21st century, the Indian agriculture needs to be revitalized in order to face the daunting challenge of climate change alongside with the persisting malnutrition and emerging pests and diseases. Owing to the fact that mapping and breeding for complex traits like yield under stress, disease resistance etc., is challenging by conventional means (due […]