Iowa State University scientist helps to reach back through centuries of cultivation to track how corn adapted to different elevations and environments

September 19, 2016

An Iowa State University scientist is attempting to peal back centuries of adaptations in corn to gain a better understanding of how the plant adjusted to the diverse environments and elevations of the Americas.

Matthew Hufford, an assistant professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology, said learning how corn adapted to grow beyond the environment of its origins in Mexico could yield clues to help plant breeders produce better performing crops.

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