Genome-decoding tech can boost crop yield

Through genome-decoding technology, the adverse impact of climatic changes on crops as well as threat of pests could be prevented, said Nagendra Kumar Singh, principal scientist at National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.
Delivering a special lecture at the UGC Academic Staff College, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), on Friday, Singh said that work is in progress in this direction with the help of genome decoding. Indian scientists have succeeded in decoding the pigeonpea (arhar) genome, paving the way for green revolution in pulses in the country. He said that for the first time, India joined the work of rice genome project in 2000.


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