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Agricultural Reviews, volume 37 issue 1 (march 2016) : 10-18

Current status and future prospects of research on genetically modified rice: A review

Suvendhu S. Dutta*, Shantanu Das1, Gratify Pale2, Banshanlang Iangrai2, C. Aochen2, Mayank Rai, A. Pattanayak3
1<p>School of Crop Improvement,&nbsp;CPGS, CAU, Barapani-793 103, Meghalaya, India.</p>
Cite article:- Dutta* S. Suvendhu, Das1 Shantanu, Pale2 Gratify, Iangrai2 Banshanlang, Aochen2 C., Rai Mayank, Pattanayak3 A. (2016). Current status and future prospects of research on geneticallymodified rice: A review . Agricultural Reviews. 37(1): 10-18. doi: 10.18805/ar.v37i1.9259.

Genetically modified crops are the most auspicious development of scientists of today. Rice being the staple food crop globally, it is needed to give immense importance for its improvement. Development of rice varieties tolerant to pests and diseases will ensure safety to farmers against the harmful effects of chemicals used as insecticides and fungicides. Certain abiotic factors like drought, cold, heat, salinity, which hinders the growth of rice can be battled by developing GM rice carrying genes that impact tolerance to these factors. Moreover, increased production and utilization of golden rice would provide the required nutrients especially for the poor to meet their nutritional requirements. But commercialization of GM crops is still an issue as people are yet to accept them globally. Finally, the future prospect of GM rice will flourish unless it is met by some loop holes.

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