A team of scientists led by Washington University in St. Louis has begun to unlock the genetic secrets of corn, a crop vital to U.S. agriculture.
The $29.5 million project was initiated in 2005 and is funded by
the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Agriculture and
the U.S. Department of Energy.
The genetic blueprint was announced on
Thursday, Feb. 28, by Richard K. Wilson, director of Washington University’s
Genome Sequencing Center, at the 50th Annual Maize Genetics Conference in