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April 05, 2004


Duke University plant geneticist, Mary Eubanks argues DNA evidence demonstrates corn is the result of a serendipitous cross between teosinte and gamagrass rather than a simple evolution from, and selective breeding of, teosinte.

"Understanding the genetic origins of corn and how people historically used corn could offer valuable insights for application to sustainable agriculture today," she said. "And finally, the gene pool underlying corn is part of our heritage that must be preserved if we are to retain the ability to solve agricultural problems such as new pests or the need for new farming methods."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 5, 2004 08:20 AM

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