Arsenic-resistant rice cultivated in West Bengal

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News: Researchers in West Bengal have developed and commercialised a rice variety that is resistant to arsenic.

Facts:

  • The new rice variety is called Muktoshri, also known as IET 21845.
  • It has been jointly developed by the Rice Research Station at Chinsurah, under West Bengal’s Agriculture Department and the National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow.