Report of the Expert Committee (EC-II) to review findings of large scale trials and the related biosafety studies on Bt brinjal submitted to GEAC on Oct 8, 2009. Concludes that that development and safety assessment of Bt brinjal is fully compliant with the conditions stipulated by GEAC.
M/s Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company Limited (Mahyco) has developed transgenic brinjal plants expressing cry1Ac gene isolated from Bacillus thuringiensis tolerant to the fruit and shoot borer (herein after referred to as Bt brinjal), one of the
major pests which attacks the brinjal crop throughout its life cycle. The transformation was carried out using genetic engineering techniques viz. Agrobacterium tumefaciens mediated method. M/s Mahyco has applied to the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) for environmental release of Bt brinjal. The development of Bt brinjal was initiated in
2000 in accordance with the regulatory procedures prescribed under