GM Rubber – UPSC Prelims

GM Rubber:
  • GM rubber was developed by inserting the MnSOD (manganese containing superoxide dismutase) gene which was taken from the rubber plant itself.
  • Why needed?
    • Natural rubber is a native of warm humid Amazon forests and is not naturally suited for the colder conditions in the Northeast which is one of the largest producers of rubber in India. Due to this, the growth of young rubber plants remains suspended during the winter months. This leads to progressive drying of the soil.
    • However, the GM rubber plants are expected to overcome the severe cold conditions during winter which is a major factor affecting the growth of young rubber plants. Hence, this is the reason GM Rubber crop has been developed.