December 8, 2023

Why in news ?

Rubber Board has started field trial of world’s first GM (genetically modified) rubber in the state of Assam.

Key Points

  • GM Rubber was developed in biotechnology laboratory at Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) in Puthuppally, Kottayam.
  • It was planted at Rubber board’s Sarutari research farm in Guwahati.
  • Rubber Board launched field trial of GM Rubber in Assam a decade after Kerala Government denied permission for the same because of its adverse impact on environment.


GM Rubber is the second genetically modified crop for which field trial has started after Bt. Cotton. Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) had allowed to open field trials of GM rubber in 2010 at Chetchackal, Thombikandom, in Kottayam

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