Biotech Bananas

Good news for farmers!! Now your banana crop would not get destroyed. Thanks to Rahan Meristem biotechnology company which has developed banana plants that can resist pathogenic nematodes which are parasitic organism that destroy the plant and the fruit. This nematode resisting banana plant variety is expected to save millions of dollars in lost crops. Up till now improvements in strains of banana could not be done due to natural sterility of the plant genetic modifications and lengthy filed testing has resulted in banana plants immune to parasitic organism. As per Onn Barzilai, CEO, Rahan Meristem: We are very pleased with our accomplishment of creating genetically-engineered banana varieties that were proven highly resistant to root nematodes. Our unique technology will also be used to improve additional crops against nematodes in a sustainable and safe manner.

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