"The natural history of maize began nine thousand years ago when Mexican farmers started to collect the seeds of the wild grass, teosinte. Invaluable as a food source, maize permeated Mexican culture and religion. Its domestication eventually led to its adoption as a model organism, aided in large part by its large chromosomes, ease of pollination and growing agricultural importance. Genome comparisons between varieties of maize, teosinte and other grasses are beginning to identify the genes responsible for the domestication of modern maize and are also providing ideas for the breeding of more hardy varieties."
In an effort to combat pest resistance in corn crops around the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing restrictions on the amount of corn containing the Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) trait that farmers are allowed to plant.
By dint of its gradually increasing demand and lucrative market price, scores of growers have become happy over maize farming both in rainy and winter seasons in Rajshahi region, especially Barind tract and Chalan Beel areas.
From healthier cattle to corn that is better adapted to climate change, the Synbreed project has made major breakthroughs in animal and plant breeding. The methods used are based on DNA analysis, which allows scientists to identify characteristics in animals and plants that are particularly advantageous ...
Indian corn producers, after scoring virtually no major export deal for months, are counting on local chicken farms to absorb millions of tonnes of the grain as poultry output heads for yet another record year.
Scientists have noticed a change in the atmosphere. Plants are taking in more carbon dioxide during the growing season and giving off more carbon in the fall and winter. Recent research shows the massive corn crop in the Corn Belt may be contributing to that deeper breath.
The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) has recommended two new hybrid maize seeds suitable for improved yields and productivity. It said the Abontem and Omankwa, varieties of seeds have high disease resistance, and favourable for all weather patterns.
First-generation farmer Randy Dowdy of Valdosta, Georgia, has now set the world record for corn yield with an average of 503 bushels per acre using DEKALB corn seed genetics. Dowdy achieved the record as part of the 2014 National Corn Growers Association’s 50th annual National Corn Yield Contest.
Cornell researchers have developed a way to predict bad mutations in the maize genome, addressing a major challenge for breeders trying to grow better crops and feed rising populations. The researchers found regions of the genome that were riddled with such unwanted DNA.
Kenya’s maize growing areas registered a 10% decline during the long rains season of March to May as Maize Lethal Necrotic Disease (MLND) affected the crop, the country’s Ministry of Agriculture said last week.
Male reproductive organ development in maize involves a complex array of ribonucleic acid molecules (RNAs) with potentially diverse activities in gene regulation, demonstrated by new research from the University of Delaware and Stanford University.
Burkina Faso has just launched promotion of a high-yielding maize varieties project, thanks to funding amounting to 1.1 billion CFA francs by the West African Economic and Monetary Union WAEMU), the Burkinabe Ministry for Scientific Research told APA.
Corn tassels and leaves are backlit by the sun at UW-Madison’s West Madison Agricultural Research Station. Botany Professor Edgar Spalding is using new technology to better quantify the complex process of corn growth.
AMES, Iowa – A research team including Iowa State University and United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) personnel has identified genetic structures in corn that may shed light on how crops respond to floods and other environmental stresses.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's state corn stockpiles are expected to climb by a record volume this year, as Beijing's efforts to boost demand with a tax rebate for corn starch exports struggle to stimulate
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