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Good parents are predictable -- at least when it comes to corn
Date:1/15/2012

l, according to Prof. Dr. Melchinger. "We were able to determine in earlier research projects that the reasons for the phenomenon lie in the extremely complex interaction of many different genes."

For researchers, this has led to a paradigm shift. "We've moved away from the search for individual super genes." Instead we focus on the interplay among the diverse elements in the genetic code. "This new perspective on plants will help the hybrid breeding programme immensely", Prof. Dr. Melchinger believes. "There is so much genetic diversity in corn. One must simply know how to combine it in the right way."


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Contact: Albrecht E. Melchinger
melchinger@uni-hohenheim.de
49-071-145-922-3488
University of Hohenheim
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