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First mapping of corn genome improves corn could have monumental impacts on breeding

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Scientists at the University of Nebraska have mapped the first complete corn genome, an achievement that would advance crop health and agronomic decision making.

James Schnable, Professor of Agronomy with UNL, tells Brownfield the breakthrough allows researchers to breed different varieties to perform better in extreme environments. “Both changes in temperature and precipitation and changes in input costs and regulations. Nitrogen is a lot more expensive then it was five years ago, and weed control options like Atrazine we may lose in the coming years. 

First mapping of corn genome improves corn could have monumental impacts on breeding

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