Biotech Updates

Study Shows Potential to Improve Maize Production

March 25, 2015

A group of researchers from Texas A&M AgriLife Research identified the genes necessary to attain desirable traits for maize and examined the genes involved in the growth and performance of maize under Midwest-temperate regions. A corn association mapping technique was used to identify the genomic regions involved in improving desirable traits such as yield increase, aflatoxin resistance, and drought tolerance.

They have identified three genes that helped improve maize yield by 15 bushels per acre for both irrigated and dryland conditions. More studies are conducted to explore the functions of the genes.

Full details of the study can be read at Texas A&M AgriLife website.