In another development in the field of biotechnology, Nippon Paper Group is testing rice variant which could lessen the symptoms of hay fever. This special variety of rice was developed with the help of MAT vector system for the purpose of genetically extracting genomes or epitope in the rice. These epitope could act as a vaccine for hay fever and people consuming this strain of rice would be experiencing lesser symptoms of hay fever during the season. In order to achieve this, Nippon paper has established a large greenhouse of five hundred square meter on island of Komatsu and it is expected that around seven hundred kilograms of rice would be produced annually under proper light and temperature. The project has been commissioned by the Ministry of Forestry, Agriculture and Fisheries.
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In a recent development, EU countries are testing all U.S. long grain rice imports to ensure that these varieties have not been genetically modified illegally. Each and every U.S. consignment would be tested to ensure that the variety is absolutely safe. The new rules would be implemented in a few days. The EU nations have taken the action after it was reported that a banned genetically modified long grain rice strain called Liberty Link Rice 601 might have landed up in the consignment headed towards EU countries. These tests had to be done as both U.S. and EU had failed to agree on how to check whether the rice being imported was legal or not. The cost of testing would have to be borne by the exporter.