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Government of India
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
13-December-2011 18:33 IST
Hybridization of Indian Onions
Monsanto has applied to the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) to use two varieties of Indian onions for potential hybridization but the clearance has not been given as yet. M/s. Monsanto Holding Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai has submitted an application in Form–I for access of 2 pairs of CMS lines MS 48 and MS 65, Male sterile lines (Line A) and fertile maintainer lines (Line B) of onions (25g each), developed by Indian Institute of Horticulture Research, ICAR, Bangalore. The purpose of access is for using the male sterile lines to make hybrid combinations with their pollinators to develop new hybrids. The application was submitted on 28th June 2011

The relevance of Genetic Engineering Approval Committee does not arise in this case, since the applicant is not seeking permission from National Biodiversity Authority for large scale field trials/commercialization

This Information was given by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests (I/C)Smt Jayanthi Natarajan in a written reply to a question by Shrimati Gundu Sudharani in Rajya Sabha Today.