22
Nov
2008
Rice plants resistant to arsenic
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Rice is the raw material supply for more than 80% of the world population, although production is declining in Bangladesh, India and parts of East and South Asia, due to toxic levels of arsenic in soil.

A team of researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, produced through genetic engineering rice plants that block the absorption of arsenic.

"The growth activity of certain genes, we can create rice plants that are highly resistant to arsenic and other heavy metals," said Professor Parkash.

Source www.esciencenews.com

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