World’s first genetically modified rubber plant planted in Guwahati

Assam Current affairs : Genetically modified rubber plant was plated in Assam. We will briefly discussed about this topic in this daily Assam Current affairs season.

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Highlights :

• The world’s first genetically modified (GM) rubber plant was planted on Tuesday on the outskirts of Guwahati.

• Chairman and Executive Director of the Rubber Board, K.N. Raghavan planted the saplings at the Rubber Board’s Sarutari research farm near Guwahati.

• The GM rubber plant was developed at the Kerala-based Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) through long years of research at its biotechnology laboratory.

Benifits of genetically modified rubber plant

• According to the Director of rubber board, K N raghavan the GM rubber plant would be a game-changer in natural rubber cultivation in India, with additional copies of the gene MnSOD (manganese-containing superoxide dismutase) inserted in it.

• The GM rubber plant is expected to tide over the severe cold conditions during winter, which is a major factor affecting the growth of young rubber plants. Natural rubber is a native of warm humid Amazon forests and it is not naturally suited for the cold conditions in this part of the country.

About Rubber Board :

The Rubber Board is a statutory body constituted by the Government of India, under the Rubber Act 1947, for the overall development of the rubber industry in the country.

Head quarter : Kottayam, Kerala
Director : K.N. Raghavan, IRS

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