Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hybridization of Indian Onions

India’s National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) has received application from Monsanto for permission to use two varieties of Indian onions for potential hybridization. M/s. Monsanto Holding Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai has submitted an application in Form–I for access of 2 pairs of CMS lines MS 48 and MS 65, Male sterile lines (Line A) and fertile maintainer lines (Line B) of onions (25g each), developed by Indian Institute of Horticulture Research, ICAR, Bangalore. The purpose of access is for using the male sterile lines to make hybrid combinations with their pollinators to develop new hybrids. Submitted on 28th June 2011, the application awaits permission. In this case, since the applicant is not seeking permission from National Biodiversity Authority for large scale field trials/commercialization, the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee is not involved in the decision. This Information was given by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Jayanthi Natarajan in a written reply in Rajya Sabha (Source: PIB.13.12.2011)

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