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Mahyco Plans Field Trials for GE Wheat
Thu Nov 14, 2013 08:40 AM CST

(Dow Jones) -- India's seed development major Mahyco is developing a series of genetically engineered varieties of wheat and rice to boost crop yields by tackling drought, salinity and pests, a senior company official said.

"We are working on a herbicide-tolerant variety of wheat and have submitted an application to GEAC seeking permission to undertake field trials," Usha Zehr, chief technology officer of Mahyco, told Dow Jones. U.S.-based crop science multinational Monsanto has a 26% stake in Mahyco.

The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee is the regulatory authority that grants permission for such trials in India.

Mahyco has also undertaken laboratory ...

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