ICAR to de­velop wa­ter-thrifty GM su­gar­cane

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

DOWN TO EARTH THE IN­DIAN Coun­cil of Agri­cul­tural Re­search (ICAR) is join­ing hands with the Pune-based Vas­ant­dada Sugar In­sti­tute to de­velop drought-tol­er­ant ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied (GM) su­gar­cane that will need less wa­ter for cul­ti­va­tion. The wa­ter-guz­zling su­gar­cane crop is blamed for wors­en­ing the acute wa­ter short­age in parched ar­eas of long-term project. De­vel­op­ing drought tol­er­ant (less wa­ter con­sum­ing) GM su­gar­cane is not an end in it­self. We know how dif­fi­cult it is in In­dia to go for com­mer­cial re­lease of any trans­genic TheTimes ofIn­dia. VER­BA­TIM

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