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Biotechnology Sector in India

India is among the first countries to set up a specialized agency i.e. department of biotechnology under the Ministry of Science and Technology for the development of research and human resources in the biotechnology sector in 1986. What is Biotechnology and its Applications? Biotechnology harnesses cellular and bio-molecular processes to develop technologies and products that… Continue reading Biotechnology Sector in India

Agriculture, GS-3, Uncategorized

GM seeds key to food security

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has said the use of genetically modified (GM) technology for seeds is important for improving agricultural productivity and food security. He said 18 field trials, testing various kinds of GM seeds, were under way but the government would take a considered view on releasing genetically modified mustard. Background: GM mustard, likely… Continue reading GM seeds key to food security

Agriculture, GS-3, Science & Tech, Uncategorized

Genetically Modified Organisms(GMO): Developments and Concerns

What is GMO? GMOs can be defined as organisms (i.e. plants, animals or microorganisms) in which thegenetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally by mating and/or natural recombination It allows selected individual genes to be transferred from one organism into another, also between non related species Foods produced… Continue reading Genetically Modified Organisms(GMO): Developments and Concerns

Agriculture, Editorials, GS-3, Science & Tech, Uncategorized

Genetically modified crops: the way forward

Article Link The promise and performance of genetically modified crops in agriculture is once again under the spotlight, with the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee recently putting on hold the discussion on commercial use of genetically modified mustard. GM mustard is the first food crop to have applied for commercialisation after the indefinite ban on the… Continue reading Genetically modified crops: the way forward