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PAU signs MoU with NBRI to contain whitefly in cotton crops
Oct '16
Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) has signed a MoU to jointly research on a gene discovered by the National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), which will be used to prevent the whitefly pest affecting cotton crops in Punjab. The 'TMa 12' gene found by NBRI is capable of resisting the whitefly menace, which will prove to be beneficial for cotton farmers.

“PAU is also conducting trials to develop a new hybrid variety of cotton, by collaborating with the Delhi University and the Gujarat Seeds Corporation,” a leading daily quoted the PAU vice-chancellor Baldev Singh Dhillon as saying at a farmers fair

“After detailed discussions on the gene TMa 12, it was found that the gene could eliminate the menace of whitefly from cotton. However, it will take around 10 years to develop the gene, fully capable of containing the whitefly menace in cotton crop," he added. (AR)

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