Researchers deliver new high-biomass, drought resistant corn

February 24, 2012 |

In Illinois, University of Illinois researchers have developed a new maize hybrid that they report will produce as much as 15% to 20% more biomass given the same amount of fertilizer as commercial hybrids.  The hybrid is a mix of both tropical and temperate maize, with increased drought resistance and sugars in the corn stalk, while lowering vulnerabilities to pests and diseases.  The researchers state that the increased stalk sugars will increase ethanol production.

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