Print of the species

 
Published: Saturday 04 July 2015

INDIA's vast genetic resources will now have a protective cover with the setting up of the National Research Centre for Finger Printing of Animal and Plant Species in New Delhi. The centre, under the aegis of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), will be involved mainly in cataloguing the native animal and plant species by fingerprinting them genetically.

The fingerprints will be obtained with the help of genetic technology and will safeguard India's treasure- house of species under the new General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. According to K L Chadha, the deputy clirector-gener@l (horticulture) of the ICAR, if a doubt about the ownership of any particular species arises, it will be decided in the courts and fingerprints will then come in handy to establish its rightful ownership.

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