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Tweaking genes could help extend shelf ­life of mangoes, boost exports'

 Kolkata, Sep 18 

(IANS) Wastage of mangoes cultivated in India, the world's top producer, due to flawed post­harvest practices can be countered by tweaking certain genes in the "King of Fruits", say Indian researchers who have identified the ones most prominently involved in ripening of the juicy 'dashehri' variety. 

India accounts for 42.06 percent of world's mango production but about a quarter is wasted due to faulty practices during harvesting, packaging and storage. 

The development by the team from CSIR­National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow, could help change this and drive an uptick in export of the fruit in future by increasing shelf­life through genetic manipulation or by marker­assisted breeding strategies wherein one can quickly screen and spot whether a favourable trait has been introduced from one mango variety into another.

"Every trait in a plant is determined by genes, the place and timing of their expression and the extent t…