By admin       2018-10-17

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday gave its blessing to Texas A&M AgriLife Research to move toward commercialization of a new strain of cotton that produces seed that can be consumed by humans. Potentially, this opens a new market for cotton seed. This is only the fourth time that a university has successfully petitioned the USDA for deregulation – and the first time in Texas. The development was the result of a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist’s life’s work. After 23 years, Dr. Keerti Rathore figured out a way to remove a naturally occurring toxin from cottonseeds that made them inedible to people and most animals. The breakthrough by Rathore and his team will allow farmers now to grow cotton for both fiber and food.

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