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For Stronger Corn, Make It All Female
2011-12-01 05:00:02

A Purdue University researcher has taken corn off steroids and found that the results might lead to improvements in that and other crops. Burkhard Schulz, an assistant professor of horticulture and landscape architecture, wanted to understand the relationship between natural brassinosteroids - a natural plant steroid hormone - and plant architecture, specifically plant height. Schulz said corn could benefit by becoming shorter and sturdier, but the mechanisms that control those traits are...

2011-10-12 07:00:00

The Agricultural Website of Dr. agr. Volker Kleinhenz now features a report jointly developed with the School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) of the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). It covers all aspects of the baby corn value chain in Thailand including primary production, postharvest, B2B certification and commercialization on domestic and international markets. Phnom Penh, Cambodia (PRWEB) October 12, 2011 The report on "Baby Corn Production, Processing and Marketing...

2011-01-05 13:07:30

University of Illinois research has resulted in the development of a novel and widely applicable molecular tool that can serve as a road map for making plant breeding easier to understand. Researchers developed a unified nomenclature for male fertility restorer (RF) proteins in higher plants that can make rapid advancements in plant breeding. "Understanding the mechanism by which RF genes suppress the male sterile phenotype and restore fertility to plants is critical for continued...

2008-08-01 12:00:54

By Jennifer Hemmingsen, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Aug. 1--CONESVILLE -- Eight migrant workers say they were unfairly fired from their jobs picking watermelon and detasseling corn here, and they've called on Mexican immigration officials for help. "We're hard workers, but we're not animals," Miguel Hernandez Martinez, 37, of Colima, Mexico, told The Gazette through an interpreter. Seven of the men are from Colima and arrived here last month to work for Lone Tree farmer Thomas...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.