—Mustard comes closer to becoming India’s first genetically modified food crop “Final approval from government still needed” Mustard, a crop whose seeds and oil are traditionally used in everyday cooking in India, is coming closer to being the country’s first transgenic food crop. India’s top biotechnology regulator earlier this month approved the commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) mustard. However, before the seeds are released for sowing, India’s environment minister will have to approve the May 11 recommendation of the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee, the government body that evaluates GM crops. The University of Delhi’s Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants developed the GM mustard.
by K. V. Venkatasubramanian, special to C&EN |
May 25, 2017