By admin       2018-10-17

The new seeds can be eaten, ground into flour or made into a peanut butter-like spread. They also can provide a source of protein for animals that were unable to consume cottonseeds before Rathore’s discovery. Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp said Rathore’s work will have a dramatic effect across the world. “He and his team exemplify the values of the Texas A&M System, and because of them, more than half a billion people across the world may have access to a new form of protein,” Sharp said, “and our farmers will be able to earn a much better living.” Through a project funded by Cotton Incorporated, Rathore and the Texas A&M team have developed a cotton plant without significant levels of toxin in the seeds. The plant, however, maintains normal levels of the natural toxin gossypol in the rest of the plant, which is important to protect it from pests.

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