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Apr 26, 2011

Scientists Working on BT Insect Resistant GM Chickpea

On 26 April 2011, ABC Rural (Australia) reported on the progress made by scientists at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) to develop gene-modified (GM) chickpeas that will be resistant to the heliothis moth. 

According to ICRISAT principal scientist, Dr. Pauran Gaur who is based in India, it has been very difficult to hybridize chickpeas that repel the heliothis moth.  Research to develop a GM chickpea that uses BT genes to accomplish is on track and looks to be completed in the next five years.

Heliothis moths attack chickpea plants, reducing quality and harvest quantities. 

For more see: "Genetically modified chickpea research continues," ABC Rural (Australia), 26 April 2011.

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