Harvesting the Fruits of Plant Genomics

Pioneer Hi-Bred President Richard McConnell explains how geneticists are revolutionizing crops, yields -- even the humble corn chip

Not too long ago, researchers looked to a plant's physical appearance and hereditary information for answers to genetic questions. Today, plant breeders use genomics -- the study of all pieces of genetic material in a chromosome -- to find out how particular genes function. It's one of the hottest tools in the search for new and improved crops. The recent mapping of the rice genome, the first time a crop plant has been sequenced, shows how sophisticated techniques have become.

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