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Adapting with a Little Help from Jumping Genes
Long lambasted as junk DNA or genomic parasites, transposable elements turn out to be contributors to adaptation.
Adapting with a Little Help from Jumping Genes
Adapting with a Little Help from Jumping Genes

Long lambasted as junk DNA or genomic parasites, transposable elements turn out to be contributors to adaptation.

Long lambasted as junk DNA or genomic parasites, transposable elements turn out to be contributors to adaptation.

Maize
Image of the Day: Root Pottery
Emily Makowski | Sep 16, 2019 | 1 min read
An agroecology grad student creates rhizosphere-inspired art.
coffee plantation
Agriculture and Climate Shape Biodiversity on Mount Kilimanjaro
Michael Graw | Jul 15, 2019 | 5 min read
A six-year study across the Tanzanian mountain’s slopes hints at how land-use practices will interact with a changing climate to influence ecosystems around the world.
Image of the Day: Corn Fed
Catherine Offord | Nov 29, 2018 | 1 min read
Bumblebee colonies grow poorly in landscapes dominated by maize, researchers find.
Questions Raised About DARPA-Funded Crop Program
Abby Olena, PhD | Oct 4, 2018 | 4 min read
Critics of an agricultural research initiative cite concerns about possible weaponization of the resulting technology, which would use infected insects to deliver genetically modified viruses to plants.
Image of the Day: A-maize-ing!
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | May 3, 2018 | 1 min read
By combining alleles involved in plant height, an agricultural scientist has grown the world’s tallest cornstalk, breaking his own record set in 2017.
Bt Corn Associated with Higher Yields, Less Insecticide Use in Neighboring Fields
Shawna Williams | Mar 13, 2018 | 1 min read
An analysis of 40 years of data also finds declines in pest populations after the introduction of the GM crop.
Amélie Gaudin studies how plants survive harsh environments
Catherine Offord | Jun 1, 2017 | 3 min read
The UC Davis agroecologist grew up on a farm and now works to help farmers grow more resilient crops.
45 Feet High and Rising
The Scientist Staff | Apr 24, 2017 | 1 min read
Maize enthusiast Jason Karl aims to continue breaking his own records for the tallest corn plants ever grown.
Record-Setting Corn Grows 45 Feet Tall
Jef Akst | Apr 1, 2017 | 4 min read
A plant breeder succeeds in growing a huge maize plant thanks to a known mutation and a few environmental tricks.
Andrea Eveland Teases Apart Gene Networks in Crop Plants
Karen Zusi | Feb 1, 2017 | 3 min read
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center researcher links complex traits to the genes that underlie them.
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Sep 1, 2015 | 3 min read
Brain Storms, Orphan, Maize for the Gods, and Paranoid.
Corn Chronicle
Molly Sharlach | Jan 8, 2015 | 2 min read
A genetic analysis of ancient and modern maize clarifies the crop’s checkered domestication history.
Genome Digest
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Aug 26, 2014 | 5 min read
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
In Evolution's Garden
Megan Scudellari | Jun 1, 2013 | 9 min read
Raising one evolutionary question after another, Brandon Gaut has harvested a crop of novel findings about how plant genomes evolve.
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