Changes in the DNA of Red Corn by Electron Beam Irradiation | 20 Sep 2021

Why in News

  • Recently, positive changes were made in the DNA of red maize seeds with the help of electron beam irradiation at Krishi Vigyan Kendra located at Kasturba village, Indore.

Key Points

  • This experiment has been done by Krishi Vigyan Kendra Indore in collaboration with Raja Ramanna Center for Advanced Technology.
  • Red maize has high protein content along with anti-carcinogenic properties, so it has been used to increase its production.
  • This genetic variation will not only reduce the height of the red maize, but also increase the length of its cob.
  • Electron beam radiation is also being used in other areas, such as cancer treatment, treatment of environmental pollutants such as VOCs (Volatile organic compounds), food preservation, etc.