The world’s first genetically modified (GM) rubber plant was planted on the outskirts of Guwahati, Assam.
The variety was developed at the Kerala-based Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII). It is the first of its kind developed exclusively for the northeast and is expected to thrive in the climatic conditions of the region.
The plant has additional copies of gene MnSOD (manganese containing superoxide dismutase) in it and can revolutionise natural rubber production in India.
The plant is expected to tide over severe cold conditions during winters, a major factor affecting the growth of young plants.
Natural rubber is a native of warm humid Amazon forests and is not naturally suited for cold conditions in the northeast.
While deliberations continue for a consensus on the creation of the military’s integrated theatre commands, the four proposed commands are likely be raised by year-end.
The four commands planned are air defence command, maritime theatre command, integrated eastern theatre command and integrated western theatre command.
Theatre commands will have units of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force and all of them will work as a single entity looking after security challenges in a specified geographical territory under an operational commander.