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U of M plant scientist uncovers clues to yield-boosting quirks of corn genome
Date:11/19/2009

nt. Domesticated some 10,000 years ago, the crop produces billions of bushels of food, feed, and fuel feedstock each year in the United States alone. If we understand the molecular underpinnings of hybrid vigor, Springer says, we can potentially produce true-breeding lines of corn with specific traits for specific uses. That means better use of land, fertilizer, fuel, and other inputs needed to grow crops, and, ultimately, less environmental impact than might otherwise accrue as we work to meet the needs of a growing population.


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Contact: Patty Mattern
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612-624-2801
University of Minnesota
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