India Looks at GM Sugarcane Option to Ease Water Woes

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Vishwa Mohan reports that the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is joining with the Vasantdada Sugar Institute (VSI), to develop drought tolerant genetically modified (GM) sugarcane that will need less water for cultivation. The sugarcane crop is blamed for worsening the acute water shortage in parched areas of Maharastra. Irrigation has decreases water levels in other areas of India, such as the state of Punjab.

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Photo of Dr. Keith EdmistenDr. Keith EdmistenProfessor of Crop Science & Extension Cotton Specialist (919) 515-4069 keith_edmisten@ncsu.eduCrop and Soil Sciences - NC State University
Posted on May 9, 2016
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