Case Studies-Bt Brinjal Bt Cotton

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Brief case studies on Bt brinjal and Bt cotton


<ul><li><p> 1 </p><p>Some Case Studies </p><p>Bt brinjal </p><p>Bt Brinjal is genetically modified Brinjal. It is actually a group of transgenic </p><p>brinjals (also known as an eggplant or aubergine) created by inserting a crystal </p><p>protein gene from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis into the genome of </p><p>various brinjal cultivars. The insertion of the gene into the brinjal plant is </p><p>accomplished using Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation. </p><p>The Bt brinjal has been developed to give resistance against lepidopteron insects, </p><p>in particular the Brinjal. Mahyco, an Indian seed company based in Jalna, </p><p>Maharashra, has developed the Bt brinjal. The genetically modified brinjal event is </p><p>termed Event EE 1 and Mahyco have also applied for approval of two brinjal </p><p>hybrids. Some of the local variety of brinjal include: Malpur local, Manjari gota, </p><p>Kudachi local, Udupi local, and Pabkavi local. It was approved for </p><p>commercialization in India in 2009, but - after an apparent public outcry and </p><p>rounds of debates in which representatives from Mahyco, the scientific </p><p>community, and NGO's spoke on the topic - then Indian Environment Minister, </p><p>Jairam Ramesh, facilitated a moratorium on its release until further, unspecified, </p><p>tests were conducted. Bt brinjal was approved for commercial release in </p><p>Bangladesh in 2013. </p><p>What is the controversy about? </p><p>Bt Brinjal has generated much debate in India. The promoters say that Bt Brinjal </p><p>will be beneficial to small farmers because it is insect resistant, increases yields, is </p><p>more cost-effective and will have minimal environmental impact. On the other </p></li><li><p> 2 </p><p>hand, concerns about Bt Brinjal relate to its possible adverse impact on human </p><p>health and bio-safety, livelihoods and biodiversity. </p><p>Bt Cotton </p><p>Bt cotton is a genetically modified variety of cotton producing an insecticide. It is </p><p>produced by an American company Monsanto (multinational agrochemical and </p><p>agricultural biotechnology corporation). It is supplied in India's Maharashtra state </p><p>by the agri-biotechnology company, Mahyco, as the distributor. </p><p>The bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is a family of over 200 different proteins </p><p>which naturally produce chemicals harmful to selective insects, most notably the </p><p>larvae of moths and butterflies, beetles, cotton bollworms and flies, and harmless </p><p>to other forms of life. The gene coding for Bt toxin has been inserted into cotton, </p><p>causing cotton to produce this natural insecticide in its tissues. </p><p>In many regions, the main pests in commercial cotton are lepidopteran larvae, </p><p>which are killed by the Bt protein in the transgenic cotton they eat. This eliminates </p><p>the need to use large amounts of broad-spectrum insecticides to kill lepidopteran </p><p>pests. This spares natural insect predators in the farm ecology and further </p><p>contributes to noninsecticide pest management. </p><p>However, Bt cotton is ineffective against many cotton pests such as plant bugs, </p><p>stink bugs and aphids; depending on circumstances it may still be desirable to use </p><p>insecticides in prevention of such pests. A 2006 study done by Cornell researchers, </p><p>the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy and the Chinese Academy of Science on </p><p>Bt cotton farming in China found that after seven years these secondary pests that </p><p>were normally controlled by pesticide had increased, necessitating the use of </p></li><li><p> 3 </p><p>pesticides at similar levels to non-Bt cotton and causing less profit for farmers </p><p>because of the extra expense of GM seeds. </p><p>Images of Bt Cotton </p></li></ul>


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