what is golden rice

Golden rice is a genetically engineered rice or transgenic rice.

The content of vitamin A is very low in rice. Vitamin A is synthesized from the precursor Carotenoid which is synthesized by 3 genes.  Prof. Ingo and Prof. Beyer produced genetically engineered rice by introducing these 3 genes associated with biosynthesis of carotenoid. The transgenic rice was rich in pro vitamin A. Since the seeds of transgenic rice are yellow in colour due to pro vitamin A, the rice is commonly known as “Golden Rice”.

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Golden rice

is a variety of

Oryza sativa rice

produced through

genetic engineering


biosynthesize beta-carotene

, a precursor of

vitamin A

, in the edible parts of rice.

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