Washington University Recieves Grant to Sequence Corn Genome
The school's Genome Sequencing Center has received a $29.5 million federal grant for the work, which is aimed at producing better corn. One other crop plant has already had its genome sequenced. Scientists from ten countries recently completed a similar project with rice. That work was reported in August in the journal Nature. Richard Wilson will lead the corn project. Wilson says the study will help breeders produce corn varieties with higher yields, more nutritional content and better resistance to disease, pests and drought.