CSIR in the news..

An aggregation of news on the web about CSIR and its laboratories

Cloning seeds to increase food production

18 February 2011

In a path-breaking research that has a bearing on increasing food production, scientists of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) here has demonstrated the possibility of cloning seeds that would retain hybrid vigour through generations and also allow the farmer to reuse the hybrid seed saving him high input costs.

Announcing this at a press conference on Friday, Dr Ch Mohan Rao, CCMB Director, said: “The phenomenon of clonal seed formation, known as apomixis, occurs in a few plant species but not in food crops. But our research with other global institutions has shown that it is possible to engineer clonal seed formation in sexual plants.”

The research being published in the 18th issue of Journal Science is a collaborative work between the research groups of Dr Imran Siddiqui of CCMB, Dr Raphael Mercier Institut National Recherché de la Agronomique, France) and Dr Simon Chan (University of California, Davis,USA)……

Read more: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/139079/cloning-seeds-increase-food-production.html


Written by csirindia

February 19, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Posted in CCMB

%d bloggers like this: