Bt Eggplant Project in Bangladesh: History, Present Status, and Future Direction

The purpose of this article is to provide information on the history, accomplishments, and future direction of the Bt brinjal (eggplant) program in Bangladesh, formerly under the
Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project II, now the South Asia Eggplant Improvement Partnership (SAEIP). The India-based Maharashtra Hybrid Seed Company (Mahyco)
developed an eggplant expressing Cry1Ac (EE-1) for control of the eggplant fruit and shoot borer (EFSB). In a partnership among Mahyco, USAID, Sathguru Management
Consultants and Cornell University EE-1 was provided to the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) who bred it into local varieties. After regulatory approval, four
varieties were distributed to 20 farmers who harvested Bt brinjal in 2014.

Journal: 
Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
Issue: 
106
Volume: 
6
Primary Author: 
Tony Shelton
Open Access: 
open access
Primary Author Institution: 
Cornell University
Year: 
2018