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Seed Buying Guide - 4
Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Mon Oct 8, 2012 06:33 AM CDT

DECATUR, Ill. (DTN) -- Talk about a chip off the old block. Plant breeders at Monsanto are using seed chipping to speed up genetic discovery.

Each of the 600-plus kernels on an ear of corn is unique. The DNA in each has its own genetic makeup, and each could grow into a mature plant unlike any other.

In the past, plant breeders manually punched a small hole in plant leaves to obtain samples. Today, a machine called "the seed chipper" shaves a tiny tissue sample from each seed -- avoiding the germ so the seed remains viable.

Scientists use the ...

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