Image of the Day: A-maize-ing!

By combining alleles involved in plant height, an agricultural scientist has grown the world’s tallest cornstalk, breaking his own record set in 2017.

The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff

Jason Karl used this specially constructed greenhouse to grow a 48-foot-tall cornstalk.J. KARL

At a whopping 48 feet (14.6 meters), a corn plant in Costa Rica is now tallest in recorded history. Last year, agricultural scientist Jason Karl grew a strain of maize, Chiapas 234, to be 45 feet (13.7 meters) tall. He got it to attain that height by tweaking a gene called Leafy1 and adjusting the plant’s exposure to light. Now, Karl has managed to coax another three feet out of the corn.

See “Record-Setting Corn Grows 45 Feet Tall


Interested in reading more?

The Scientist ARCHIVES

Become a Member of

Receive full access to more than 35 years of archives, as well as TS Digest, digital editions of The Scientist, feature stories, and much more!
Already a member?