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The GMO construct against the virus was built in Toronto University which was was incorporated in the best cotton varieties of Punjab in collaboration with IAS and CEMB.

06 Oct 2012

LAHORE(Commodity Online): Cotton Leaf Curl Virus (CLCV) resistant cotton plant has been developed by the scientists of Centre for Excellence Molecular Biology (CEMB) Punjab University, Pakistan. CLCV damages the production of cotton which is estimated three million bales worth of approximately Rs250billion to Rs300 billion every year.

After couple of confirmatory tests the newly developed seed of the GMO will be given to the farmers. These research stages can be completed within 1-2 years.

The project to develop GMO that can effectively resist the virus growth in cotton plant with a cost of Rs29 million was started in 2009.The programme was initiated by the Punjab Agricultural Research Board (PARB) in collaboration with CEMB and Institute of Agricultural Sciences (IAS) in Punjab University.

The GMO construct against the virus was built in Toronto University which was was incorporated in the best cotton varieties of Punjab in collaboration with IAS and CEMB.

The methodology used to build the construct is called RNA technique. International and national collaboration developed through PARB played a critical role in the success of this project.


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