BARC develops new mutant varieties of crops & vegetables

The major desirable traits in these crops developed by the Baba Atomic Research Centre include higher yield, seed size, improved agronomic and quality traits, early maturity and stress tolerance

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Mumbai: The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has developed two mutants of rice {Trombay Raipur Rice-1(TRR-1), Trombay Konkan Kolam (TKKR-13)*} and one mutant of cowpea {Trombay Cowpea 901 (TC901)*} which are identified for release.

The new mutants have been developed by using radiation-induced mutagenesis along with cross breeding.

The premier institute mainly known for its research into atomic energy has also developed several mutants of groundnut, mustard, cowpea, blackgram, greengram, soybean, rice and wheat which are undergoing advance field trials in State Agricultural Universities. The major desirable traits in these crops include higher yield, seed size, improved agronomic and quality traits, early maturity and stress tolerance.

The BARC developed mutant crop varieties have high patronage from the farming community and are extensively grown in different states of the country. The popularization of these varieties is done by linkages established with State Agricultural Universities (through Kisan Mela, frontline demonstrations, exhibitions and awareness programmes).