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What secrets are stored in the roots of corn plants?
Date:7/9/2010

umber of ears, number of kernels per ear, and kernel weight. Efforts are also under way to expand the research initiative to determine if root complexity provides the plant with the ability to grow better under low nitrogen or drought conditions.

"We now have the technology, which includes both hardware and software, to study corn root complexity in a high-throughput manner and link this complexity to the genetics of the plant," Bohn said. "We hope to uncover a wealth of important and useful information being stored in the corn plant's roots."


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Contact: LeAnn Ormsby
lormsby@illinois.edu
217-244-4786
University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
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