Brinjal modified – Bangladesh set to join elusive club of 28 GM crop growing countries

It took seven years to complete greenhouse trials and open-field trials of Bt Brinjal in various agro-ecological zones in the country, and now it is ready for release to farmers, said Dr Mondal.

Bt gene insertion in brinjal makes it resistant to fruit and shoot borer that causes 50 to 70 percent loss of brinjal yield a year in the two regions.

Though brinjal is a staple in vegetarian diets throughout South Asia, and one of the cheapest vegetables to procure by resource-poor communities in Bangladesh, a large percentage of the crop does not make it to the market because of FSB infestation.

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