Results of the Maize Genome Sequencing Project, the first comprehensive gene map of North American Corn, will be made available to the public Friday by the National Corn Growers Association. Publication of these results marks the end of over a decade-long collaboration researching the genomic sequence of U.S. maize. NCGA says both public and private scientists will take this knowledge and develop real world applications and innovative technological advances that will improve plants and expand their uses to meet growing needs for food, feed and fuel.
Information encoded in the corn genome can help scientists improve water and nitrogen use efficiencies, help plants cope with disease, pests and adverse weather, and allow breeders to develop innovative products for specific end users. By decreasing the inputs needed and increasing yields, these traits will also allow corn to become and even more sustainable crop.
"This is a milestone for all of our nation's corn farmers that will open the door for higher yields, and improved grain quality traits for livestock and industry needs," said Larry Hasheider, NCGA Research and Business Development Chair and Illinois corn farmer. "Corn will continue to be the leading feed grain for the world."