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DU researchers claim to have developed better Bt cotton
09
Aug '16
By combining two genes which can improve its output of Bt toxins, a research paper from Delhi University has claimed to have hiked Bt cotton's level of resistance to pests.

The amount of Bt toxins produced, when the two genes are combined in a cotton plant rises by 4 to 5 times higher than those available in the market currently.

According to the paper, this development can prove crucial in dealing with insect attacks that may increase because of global warming.

In recent times, pink bollworm has been able to break the protection provided by currently available Bt cotton.

As per the researchers, one Bt toxin protein is targeted at the cytoplasm while the other is targeted at the plastids that are the site of photosynthesis and many other biochemical pathways in the plant. (AR)

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