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DUS Testing

In order to provide for the establishment of an effective system for protection of plant varieties, the rights of farmers and plant breeders and to encourage the development of new varieties of plants it has been considered necessary to recognize and protect the rights of the farmers in respect of their contribution made at any time in conserving, improving and making available plant genetic resources for the development of the new plant varieties. Moreover to accelerate agricultural development, it is necessary to protect plants breeders’ rights to stimulate investment for research and development for the development of new plant varieties. For this such varieties should be tested for their distinctiveness, uniqueness and stability (DUS). To facilitate this, a DUS testing Centre has been established at IISR by the PPV&FR Authority, New Delhi.