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A Maize Mutant
Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:35 AM CST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (DTN) -- Most farmers cringe at the sight of an insect-ravaged corn plant, but the defoliated leaves of one corn plant signified a major breakthrough for researchers at Purdue and the University of Illinois.

Gurmukh Johal, a Purdue plant pathologist, and Stephen Moose, a University of Illinois plant scientist, discovered a mutant corn plant with leaves decimated by Western corn rootworm. Typically, this is a pest that costs corn growers more than $1 billion a year by feeding on roots and snacking on pollen and silks.

Occasionally, early emerging beetles will feed ...

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