First Genetically Modified Rubber in the world – sapling planted in Assam

The worlds 1st Genetically Modified (GM) rubber sapling was planted on the outskirts of Guwahati in Sarutari research farm by Rubber Board of India. It was developed in Kerala based Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII). It was exclusively made for Northeast geography and is expected to withstand the climate of this region.

Additional copies of gene MnSOD (manganese containing superoxide dismutase) is in GM rubber plant. This modification is believed to make the plant immune to severe cold condition during winter which majorly affects the growth of rubber plant in the region. The crop is also expected to reduce the maturity period of rubber indicating chances of early yielding.