Non - GM Rice Developed by IARI

The Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) has developed the country’s first-ever non-GM (genetically modified) herbicide-tolerant rice varieties (Pusa Basmati 1979 and Pusa Basmati 1985) that can be directly seeded and significantly save water and labour compared to conventional transplanting. 

The varieties Pusa Basmati 1979 and Pusa Basmati 1985 contain a mutated acetolactate synthase (ALS) gene making it possible for farmers to spray Imazethapyr, a broad-spectrum herbicide, to control weeds.

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