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China Breakthrough In Transgenic Cotton

Transgenic crops have been spreading around the world faster than any other crops in recent years, and in China, it is insect-resistant cotton that is the major product of transgenic farms.

In the face of the fierce international competition, China has made a series of significant breakthroughs in the research and industrialization of transgenic cotton thanks to the government's support. The technical process for creating efficient, commercialized transgenic cotton with an annual yield of more than 6000 plants is the result of efforts made by the Cotton Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science.

The system brings various genes together to make more than 20 main cotton varieties insect-resistant, able to combat disease, and strengthens their fibers. In addition, by means of grafting, more than 90 percent of transplanted cotton plants can survive and grow.

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