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Scientists Complete Most Comprehensive Genetic Analysis Yet Of Corn

An interdisciplinary team, led by researchers at Cornell University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), has completed the most comprehensive analysis to date of the corn genome.  The team expects the achievement to speed up development of improved varieties of one of the world's most important agricultural commodities. The results should boost international efforts to increase yields, expand areas where corn can be cultivated and produce varieties better equipped to resist pests and disease.  The analysis could also help those, who develop corn yields as a source of fuel, who manage crops in the face of changing climates and who are concerned about the diminishing supply of arable land and growing populations said Edward B. Knipling, administrator of USDA's Agricultural Research Service.
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